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Callistemon cv. ‘King’s Park Special’

 

Bottle Brush

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderMyrtalesIncludes myrtles, leadwoods, loosestrifes, pomegranates, evening primroses, many others
FamilyMyrtaceaeMyrtle family, include myrtle, clove, guava, feijoa, allspice, and eucalyptus
GenusCallistemonFrom the Greek kalli or kallos, “beautiful,” and stemon, a stamen, in reference to the extraordinary beauty of the flowers of this genus
Cultivar‘King’s Park Special’

About plant names...

Bottlebrush is a native of Australia. This hybrid, ‘King’s Park Special,’ is a sterile hybrid developed to avoid the production of seed heads that some growers consider unsightly. (Personally I think they look sort of cool.) It does not occur in the wild.

Identification: This species reaches 15' (4.6 m). Flowerheads are bottlebrush-shaped cylinders composed of soft filaments. These filaments are actually the stamens of the flowers; the flowers themselves are fused together in a mass along the center. Except for the lack of seed production, this hybrid looks like its wild forebears Callistemon citrinus × C. viminalis. (The ‘×’ means “crossed with.”)

Online References:

Callistemon cv. ‘King’s Park Special’ in Burke’s Backyard

Callistemon cv. ‘King’s Park Special’ at the Australian Government's Australian National Botanic Gardens (photo)

Callistemon cv. ‘King’s Park Special’ at the Australian Government's Australian National Botanic Gardens (photo)

Callistemon cv. ‘King’s Park Special’ at the Australian Government's Australian National Botanic Gardens (description)

Callistemon cv. ‘King’s Park Special’ on www.metrotrees.com.au

Callistemon cv. ‘King’s Park Special’ on Wikipedia

Callistemon cv. ‘King’s Park Special’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 15 Oct 2013.

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Callistemon cv. (Bottle Brush)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA

Callistemon cv. (Bottle Brush)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA