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Callistemon viminalis (Gaertn.) G.Don
Family Myrtaceae
Common name: Weeping Bottlebrush

Callistemon viminalis (Gaertn.) G.Don APNI*

Synonyms: Melaleuca viminalis (Sol. ex Gaertn.) Byrnes APNI*
Metrosideros viminalis Sol. ex Gaertn. 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 a wide orifice.

Photo T.M. Tame

Other photo
Photo J. & P. Edwards

Flowering: spring to early summer, also sporadically throughout year.

Distribution and occurrence: North from the Gloucester area.

Mostly grows along watercourses; chiefly in sandstone or granite areas.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT, NWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Widely cultivated.

Text by R. D. Spencer & P. F. Lumley. Distribution updated February 2020 by Peter Wilson.
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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