Chungii V, a member of the UBC Botanical Garden Forums contributes today's photo and plant write-up. Chungii V writes about one of the beautiful native species of his home country, Australia. Thanks for shariing, Chungii V.
Hey All, See how this one goes and over the coming months I thought I might throw a few of our Natives from "Downunder" at you.
I decided to start with the Callistemon sp. because they are a pretty good example of a native flower. The name Callistemon when broken down means 'kallistos' - beautiful, and 'stemon' - stamen. Many of our flowers are very simple in design—a high arrangement of stamens with very insignificant petals. The inflorescence is made up of many small flowers carried closely together. I believe that this ensures continuity as they produce a large amount of seed giving some chance that at least one will germinate.
Callistemon are probably one of the more versatile plants, being able to grow in dry areas as well as they do in wet. They have adapted to different environments and grow to varying heights from dwarf shrubs no more than 1 m (3 ft.) high to small trees around 5 - 7 m in height. There are over 30 species of Callistemon recorded—occurring naturally in shrubby bushlands and also in wetter floodplains and along riverbeds mainly on the east coast of Australia. There are a couple of ‘PBR’ varieties, which means they have been copyrighted by the person who produced them. There is a nice colour range. Though most commonly red, they can also be found in shades of burgundy, white, green and pink. They attract much wildlife and are often used by councils in S.E. Queensland as street trees.
Picture is of Callistemon viminalis ‘Rose Opal’. I like this one as it opens a rosy red and fades to a nice pink. The individual flowers will last a good week or so.