Common name: Weeping Bottlebrush
Callistemon viminalis (Gaertn.) G.Don APNI*
Synonyms: Melaleuca viminalis (Sol. ex Gaertn.) Byrnes APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree to 8 m high; bark dark, furrowed; branches generally pendent.
Leaves linear to narrow-elliptic with one side straighter than the other, 3–7 cm long, 3–7 mm wide, apex acute, lateral veins obscure.
Spikes 4–10 cm long, 30–60 mm diam. Filaments fused into a ring at the base and shed as a unit, bright red. Capsules 5–6 mm diam., cup-shaped with orifice wide.
Flowering: spring to early summer, also sporadically throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: Mostly grows along watercourses; chiefly in sandstone or granite areas, north from Moree and Grafton.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT, NWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by R. D. Spencer & P. F. Lumley
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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