Australia is home to a wonderful range of plants, ranging from low growing woody
shrubs to trees, known colloquially as the 'bottlebrush'.
members of the genus Callistemon, belonging to the family Myrtaceae. These
flowering plants have a distinctive 'bottlebrush' shaped flower spikes, and are
closely related to the paperbark melaleucas, which have similar shaped flower
Most bottlebrushes flower during spring and summer. The flower spikes are
made up of a number of individual flowers. The pollen is held on the tip of a
long thin stalks called a filament. It is these filaments that give the flower
spike their distinctive 'bottlebrush' shape and colour. Most bottlebrushes
flowers are either red or yellow, the pollen atop of each filament being yellow.