Callistemon rugulosus (D.F.K.Schltdl. ex Link) DC.

Scarlet Bottlebrush

Prodr. 3: 223 (1828) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native (naturalised in part(s) of state)

Straggly shrub to 4 m high; bark grey, peeling; branches stiff. Leaves thick, rigid, narrowly oblanceolate, mostly 3–5 cm long, 4–7 mm wide with a pungent mucro, midrib and marginal veins prominent, lateral veins obscure, oil glands prominent, especially on the lower surface, and usually rough to touch. Flower spikes mostly 5–8 cm long, 4–5 cm wide with a hairy axis; hypanthium 3–4 mm long generally hairy; stamens 16–20 mm long, filaments dark crimson, rarely pink or violet, anthers bright yellow. Capsules mostly 7–8 mm long, 6–9 mm wide. Flowers Oct.–Dec.

CVU, DunT, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, VVP, Wim. Also SA, NSW. Mostly in damp sandy flats, occasionally along creeks from the Grampians westward to the South Australian border.

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, 2019-04-16
Hero image
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 rugulosus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Callistemon rugulosus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native

State distribution

Distribution map
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory