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BOTTLE BRUSH trees and shrubs are endemic to Australia.  They are part of the mrytle family, Myrtaceae.  Their flowers resemble the brush used for cleaning narrow bottles.  The genus Melaleuca consists of 300 species of plants.   Some scientists are still debating whether the genus Callistemon is part of Melaleuca.    The Natal Bottlebrushes of the genus Greyia are native to tropical and South Africa.


Whenever I see a red bottle brush flower, I'm reminded of the flowering myrtle tree, Ohia Lehua (Metrosideros Polymorpha).  Ohia is part of the genus Metrosideros and is the most common native tree in Hawaii. 

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