Callistemon sieberi DC.

River Bottlebrush

Prodr. 3: 223 (1828), sensu J.H. Willis, Handb. Pl. Victoria 2:451 (1973) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub or small tree to 3 m high; bark hard, fissured on old plants; branches slightly weeping and flexuous on mature plants. Leaves variable, narrowly oblanceolate, 3–5 cm long, 2–5 mm wide, often slightly falcate, mucronate, midrib and marginal veins prominent, lateral veins mostly obscure except on larger leaves, oil glands usually obscure, occasionally evident on the lower surface. Flower spikes usually 3–5 cm long, 2–2.5 cm wide; open, axis villous at flowering and often with leafy bracts in the upper region; hypanthium mostly hairless, but variable, sometimes densely pubescent; stamens 7–9 mm long, filaments cream to pale yellow, occasionally pink; anthers bright yellow. Capsules cup-shaped, 3–5 mm long. Flowers mostly Nov.–Jan.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, HNF, HSF, MonT, MuF, NIS, OtR, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT.

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: Val Stajsic, 2020-11-03
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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 sieberi in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Callistemon sieberi in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory