Callistemon pityoides F.Muell.

Alpine Bottlebrush

Chem. & Druggist. Australas. Suppl. 5: 94 (1883)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub to 3 m high; bark hard. Leaves suberect, linear, often thick, sometimes almost terete, 1–2 cm long, 0.75–1.5 mm wide, pungent, oil glands mostly on lower surface. Flower spikes mostly 3–4 cm long, 1.5–2.2 cm wide, axis pubescent at flowering; hypanthium mostly hairy; stamens golden-yellow or cream, sometimes tinged with green or pink, 6–11 mm long, anthers dark yellow. Capsules 3–5 mm long and wide. Flowers Nov.–Feb.

CVU, EGU, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp. Also Qld, NSW. Widespread in subalpine to alpine regions along rocky streams, fringing wet heaths or bogs, or in seepage areas, often forming dense thickets.

Source: Spencer, R.D. (1996). Callistemon. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2017-10-24
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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 pityoides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Callistemon pityoides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory