Australian Native Plants

  Callistemon brachyandrus (Prickly Bottlebrush)

Callistemon brachyandrus photo
Callistemon brachyandrus

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Callistemon brachyandrus photo
Callistemon brachyandrus flower

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Growth Characteristics information is sourced from: State Flora Catalog, Government of South Australia Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.


distribution map showing range of Callistemon brachyandrus in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License

Common Name
Prickly Bottlebrush

Other Names
Scarlet Bottlebrush

Prickly Bottlebrush is a stiff shrub or small tree growing about 4 m tall. The leaves are linear with a pointed tip, growing about 2 cm to 4 cm long and 1 mm wide. Flowers are produced in bottlebrush spikes, about 3 cm to 5 cm long. The flowers are crimson red with yellow anthers. Flowering is in spring and summer from September to January. The fruit are woody capsules about 0.5 cm long. The plant is also known as Melaleuca brachyandra.

sandy soils in sub arid regions

Prickly Bottlebrush is found in inland New South Wales, north-western Victoria and south-eastern South Australia.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 2 - 3
Spread (m): 1 - 3.5
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay, limestone
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: resistant
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 450
Flower Colour: red
Flower Season: summer, autumn

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)


Wildlife Interest
attracts birds

Common Name:Prickly Bottlebrush

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