Common name: Green Bottlebrush
Callistemon flavovirens (Cheel) Cheel APNI*
Synonyms: Callistemon rugulosus var. flavovirens Cheel APNI*
Description: Stiff, spreading shrub 1–1.5 m high; new growth silvery.
Leaves narrow-oblanceolate, 4–6 cm long, 5–10 mm wide, apex acute, base attenuate, lamina thick and leathery, raised glands on both surfaces, midvein and intramarginal veins prominent.
Spikes 4–6 cm long, 40–55 mm diam.; rachis and hypanthia grey-villous. Filaments 12–20 mm long, yellowish green.
Capsules c. 7 mm diam., apex constricted.
Flowering: mostly November–December
Distribution and occurrence: Chiefly grows in granite country, north from Tenterfield district, also near Torrington; more common in Qld from Stanthorpe–Wallangarra.
NSW subdivisions: NT
Other Australian states: Qld
Threatened species: ROTAP: 3RC-
Plants from near Torrington are taller than most others, have slightly shorter, narrower leaves, narrower spikes with shorter stamen and rachis and hypanthium only sparsely villous. The flowers are pale yellow. These probably are a new taxon.
Text by R. D. Spencer & P. F. Lumley
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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