Gold tipped bottlebrush
Melaleuca polandii, Fam. Myrtaceae
A medium to tall shrub, 2-5m high. Previously Callistemon polandii.
|Form or habit:||Shrub|
Lance shaped, bright green, crowded, often cupped, 6-8 x 1-1.5cm.
|Flower description:||Bright red spikes, 6-10 x 4-5cm. June to August.|
|Fruit description:||Brown, globular capsules, about 0.6cm in diameter.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||An attractive species in which the yellow globules of pollen are very prominent on the stamens, leading to the common name. Very suitable for tropical areas. Benefits from pruning immediately after flowering. Propagate from seed or cuttings.|
|Information sources:||Townsend K. & the Society for Growing Australian Plant Townsville Branch Inc. (1994) Across the Top: Gardening with Australian Plants in the tropics.|