English name: Crimson Bottlebrush/Lemon Bottlebrush
Latin names: Callistemon citrinus
Family: Myrtle - Myrtaceae
Origin: South-east Australia
The crimsom or lemon bottlebrush shrub grows to a height of 1 to 3 metres. The leaves are longitudinal, 3 to 7 cm. in length and 5 to 8 mm. in width. The leave veins are clearly visible from both sides. The inflorescence reaches a length of 6 to 10 cm., and a diameter of 4 to 7 cm. The plant blooms in November and December in its natural setting. The stamens are red and purplish-black, and the anthers are dark brown. The bottlebrush is popular among birds, many species of which live on its nectar, and others from the shrub’s seeds. A natural herbicide may be extracted from the bottlebrush’s roots.