Any of various Australian shrubs or trees of the genera Callistemon and Melaleuca, having densely flowered, cylindrical spikes with numerous, long, protruding stamens that suggest a brush used to clean bottles.
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bottlebrush:*N. an Australian shrub or small tree with spikes of scarlet or yellow flowers that resemble a cylindrical brush in shape.*Genus Callistemon, family Myrtaceae. NOADhttp://www.cabq.gov/biopark/garden/exhibitspl...http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/lls/coopext/a...http://www.monrovia.com/PlantInf.nsf/PlantThu...
Australian tree: a bush or small tree that has a mass of spiky flowers with large stamens. Native to: Australia. Genus Callistemon, Melaleuca.
[ the plant's resemblance to a cylindrical brush for cleaning bottles] http://encarta.msn.com/dictionary_/bottlebrus...http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/GARDEN/PLANTS/...
Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants (ASGAP)
Callistemon - Background
Callistemon Index ASGAP Home
Callistemon is a genus of around 30 species in the Myrtle family (Myrtaceae). All except four species are endemic to Australia, the others occurring in New Caledonia. Callistemons are commonly known as "bottlebrushes" because of the cylindrical, brush-like shape of the flower spike. They are very popular for gardens and landscaping both in Australia and overseas and numerous cultivars have been brought into cultivation.http://farrer.riv.csu.edu.au/ASGAP/callis1a.html http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=CACI15#
Callistemon citrinus (Curtis) Skeels
Callistemon rigidus R. Br.
U.S. Nativity: Cultivated, or not in the U.S. http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=CARI9