Crimson Bottlebrush

Callistemon citrinus

''Callistemon citrinus'', also known as Crimson Bottlebrush is a shrub in the family Myrtaceae. It is native to south-eastern Australia.
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Appearance

''Callistemon citrinus'' grows to between 1 and 3 metres in height and has leaves which are 3 to 7 cm long and 5 to 8 mm wide. The veins of the leaves are clearly visible on both sides. The flower spikes are 6 to 10 cm in length and about 4 to 7 cm in diameter. These appear in November and December in the species native range. The stamens are red, purplish-red or lilac with dark-coloured anthers. The seed capsules are woody, cup-shaped and about 7mm wide and appear in clusters along the stems.
Little John Bottlebrush Head on with a bottlebrush. Bee was just added interest. Callistemon citrinus,Crimson Bottlebrush

Distribution

It is native to the states of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria in Australia, occurring in the vicinity of rocky streams and near-coastal swamps. In Victoria, the species occurs in the east of the state in association with tree species including ''Eucalyptus globoidea'' and ''E. consideniana''.

Habitat

It is native to the states of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria in Australia, occurring in the vicinity of rocky streams and near-coastal swamps. In Victoria, the species occurs in the east of the state in association with tree species including ''Eucalyptus globoidea'' and ''E. consideniana''.Birds have been observed using the species as a source of food. Those seeking nectar from the flowers include Eastern Spinebills, New Holland Honeyeaters, Noisy Miners, Red Wattlebirds and Silvereyes, while Crimson Rosellas eat the seeds.

Uses

The herbicide Mesotrione was developed as a synthetic analogue of leptospermone, a natural herbicide produced by the roots of ''Callistemon citrinus''.

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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionAngiosperms
ClassEudicots
OrderMyrtales
FamilyMyrtaceae
GenusCallistemon
SpeciesC. citrinus.