Common name: crimson bottlebrush
Callistemon citrinus (Curtis) Skeels APNI*
Synonyms: Callistemon lanceolatus (Sm.) DC. APNI*
Callistemon lophanthus (Vent.) Sweet APNI*
Metrosideros citrina Curtis APNI*
Callistemon citrinus var. splendens Stapf APNI*
Metrosideros lanceolata Sm. APNI*
Melaleuca citrina (Curtis) Dum.Cours. APNI*
Description: Stiff erect shrub, usually 1–3 m high.
Leaves oblanceolate to narrow-elliptic, 3–7 cm long, 5–8 mm wide, apex usually short-acuminate and pungent, base tapering, venation obvious on both surfaces, glands sometimes conspicuous.
Spikes 6–10 cm long, 40–70 mm diam. Filaments bright red, sometimes purplish red or lilac; anthers dark. Capsules 4–7 mm diam.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread and locally common in swamps near coast and along rocky watercourses.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, ST, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Text by R. D. Spencer & P. F. Lumley
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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