Stiff Bottle Brush
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Stiff Bottle Brush
ntroduced Photo: Tabish
Common name: Stiff Bottle Brush
Botanical name: Callistemon rigidus    Family: Myrtaceae (Bottlebrush family)

Stiff Bottle Brush is a stiff erect shrub, mostly 2-3 m tall. Leaves linear to narrow-inverted-lanceshaped, mostly 5-7 cm long, 3-4 mm wide, margins thickened. Leaf blade is thick, rigid, rarely channelled, lower surface dotted with glands, lateral veins generally obscure. Flower spikes are 7-10 cm long, 4-6 cm in diameter. Rachis and hypanthia pubescent at first. Filaments are 2-2.5 cm long, red, anthers dark. Capsules are about 7 mm in diameter, round with an opening, closely-packed on the branch. Capsules is good identifying feature for this species, and can be used to distinguish it from the more common Weeping Bottle Brush. Like all Bottle-Brushes, Stiff Bottle Brush is native to Australia.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Ooty, Tamil Nadu.
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