Common name: Narrow-leaved Bottlebrush
Callistemon linearis (Schrad. & J.C.Wendl.) Colvill ex Sweet APNI*
Synonyms: Metrosideros glandulosa Desf. APNI*
Metrosideros linearis (Schrad. & J.C.Wendl.) Sm. APNI*
Description: Stiff shrub to c. 3 m high.
Leaves linear, 4–10 cm long, 1–3 mm wide, channelled or sometimes flat, margins thickened, thick, scabrous on lower surface, lateral veins inconspicuous.
Spikes usually 5–10 cm long, mostly 45–50 mm, occasionally to 60 mm diam.; rachis and hypanthia pubescent at first. Filaments c. 20–25 mm long, pale red; anthers dark. Capsules c. 7 mm diam.
Flowering: late spring to early summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in damp places, widespread on the coast and ranges; north from Nerriga.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, NWS, CWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by R. D. Spencer & P. F. Lumley
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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