• Árbol del cepillo, escobillón rojo, limpiatubos
Synonyms: Metrosideros citrina, Callistemon lanceolatus, Callistemon citrinus
Origin: Bottlebrushes are members of the genus Melaleuca and belong to the family Myrtaceae. They are closely related to paperbark melaleucas, which also have ‘bottlebrush’ shaped flower spikes. Most Bottlebrushes occur in the east and south-east of Australia. Two species occur in the south-west of Western Australia and four species in New Caledonia. Bottlebrushes can be found growing from Australia’s tropical north to the temperate south. They often grow in damp or wet conditions such as along creek beds or in areas which are prone to floods.
This species is probably the best known bottlebrush and is widely cultivated. The bright red flower-spikes appear in summer and autumn. Crimson Bottlebrush grows well in wet conditions and usually reaches 4 m. Plants should be lightly pruned and fertilised after flowering. Neglected or mis-shapen plants respond to hard pruning.
Paso Centurión, Cerro Largo, Uruguay
Photo Taken: October 30, 2022
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