Callistemon linearis (Schrad. & J.C.Wendl.) Sweet

Hort. Brit. Edn 1 1: 155 (1826)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Stiff shrub 0.6–5 m high; bark hard, fibrous. Leaves linear, linear-elliptic or linear-obovate, 3.3–13 cm long, 1–7 mm wide, channelled or flat, acute, margins thickened, marginal veins obscure, oil glands distinct. Flower spikes 5–10 cm long, 4–6 cm wide; axis hairy or glabrescent; hypantium 3.4–4.9 mm long, hairy or glabrescent; stamens 15–30 mm long, filaments bright to pale red, anthers reddish or yellow. Capsules 3.8–8.2 mm long, 7–10 mm wide. Flowers Oct.–Jan.

*EGL, *GipP, *GGr. Native to eastern New South Wales and south-east Queensland.

Cultivated as an ornamental, recorded outside of cultivation in Victoria at Mount Martha and Golton Gorge in the Grampians.  

Only the wide-leaved form of this species has been recorded in Victoria. Wide-leaved plants were previously included in Callistemon rigidus. This species was previously distinguished by leaves being more than 3 mm wide (C. linearis having leaves less than 3 mm wide).  

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-06-23
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-08-19
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Myrtales
family Myrtaceae
genus Callistemon
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Callistemon linearis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Callistemon linearis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Greater Grampians present introduced
East Gippsland Lowlands present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory