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Callistemon citrinus

Crimson Bottlebrush

Family: Myrtaceae

Callistemon citrinus is an erect shrub about 2 m high, found in swampy heath. It also tolerates drier locations.

The lanceolate leaves are hard and stiff with sharp points. They are up to 7 cm long and about 8mm wide. Young leaves are flesh-coloured and hairy. The name citrinus = lemony. Crushed leaves have a citrus scent.

The flower spikes grow to 12 cm long. Each flower has 5 inconspicuous petals. The bright red filaments are the stamens.

Callistemon citrinus flowers from October to December and sometimes from March to May.

Callistemon citrinus

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Callistemon citrinus

Callistemon citrinus

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