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Common name: Alpine Bottlebrush
Callistemon pityoides F.Muell. APNI*
Synonyms: Callistemon sieberi DC. APNI*
Description: Shrub to 3 m high, new growth silvery-grey.
Leaves suberect, ± linear, often thick and almost cylindrical, 1–2(-3.2) cm long, 0.75–1.5(-2) mm wide, pungent, oil glands mostly on the lower surface.
Spikes usually 3–4 cm long or occasionally up to 7 cm long, 15–22 mm diam.; rachis pubescent at flowering. Filaments golden yellow or cream, sometimes tinged with green or pink. Capsules 3–5 mm diam.
Flowering: Nov.–Feb., and sporadically throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in boggy areas, often peaty granitic heathland or shallow water in open sites; widespread on tablelands, especially at higher altitudes to the south.
NSW subdivisions: SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Text by R. D. Spencer & P. F. Lumley
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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