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This month's genus:


Young Callistemon tree in Florida. Photo taken by Joan Forman.
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Subclass: Dicotyledoneae
Superorder: Rosidae
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Number of Species: At least 34
Root: Latin for "beautiful stamen", a reference to the striking flowers

The genus Callistemon is part of the Myrtaceae, a family of woody plants found mostly in Australia and the Americas. Callistemon species, often known by the common name "Bottlebrush", are grown as ornamentals in warmer protions of the United States.

Here are a few links to images and descriptions of different Callistemon species:


  1. Heywood, V.H., ed. Flowering Plants of the World. New York, Oxford University Press: 1993.

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