Callistemon viminalis (Sol. ex Gaertn.) G. Don

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Callistemon viminalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Chivero

Callistemon viminalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Chivero

Callistemon viminalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Chivero

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Synonyms: Metrosideros viminalis Sol. ex Gaertn.
Common names: Weeping bottle-brush (English)
Frequency: Rare
Status: Introduced
Shrub or small tree with long drooping branches. Leaves crowded near the ends of branches, linear-lanceolate. Flowers in pendent spikes; petals small, inconspicuous and deciduous, the spike consisting mostly of masses of bright red stamens, resembling a bottle brush. Fruit a small woody capsule.
Notes: A commonly cultivated ornamental in gardens and along roadsides, rarely naturalised
Derivation of specific name: viminalis: with long slender stems suitable for wicker or basketwork
Habitat: Rarely naturalised in open places and by streams
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:All year
Worldwide distribution: Native to Australia
Zimbabwe distribution: C
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Images last updated: Tuesday 10 January 2006

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 264.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 64.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Callistemon viminalis., retrieved 13 June 2024

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