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Bottlebrush Tree
Callistemon viminalis

Bottle Brush Tree, Callistemon viminalisThe bottlebrush tree from Australia is common in Southern California. It gets its name from the way the stamens and pistils of a flower cluster radiate from the branch, like colorful bristles of a bottle brush.

Bottlebrush Tree, Callistemon viminalisA different view of the flower spike shows how the flowers are arranged on the twig.  Each flower has one pistil and many stamens.

Bottlebrush Tree, Callistemon viminalisHere are flower buds of new flower spike, and fruit from the previous spike.

Bottlebrush Tree, Callistemon viminalisThe bottlebrush can become a fairly large tree when permitted.

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