Bottlebrush Tree Flower


Bottlebrush Tree (Callistemon sp.)

Ruby Tuesday
Bottlebrush Tree (Callistemon sp.)
Location: Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii

The Bottlebrush Tree (Callistemon sp.) in our garden is blooming.  The common name comes from the flower's resemblance to a bottlebrush.   The genus name, Callistemon, means "beautiful stamens."   The clumps of  'bristles' on the bottlebrush flower actually are the stamens of individual blossoms -- so, each flower on this tree really is a cluster of small blossoms.  Each of the 'bottlebrushes' is about two inches (5 cm) long.  This is a macro image, so it appears somewhat magnified.

26 comments:

Jan said...

I've never seen this color of bottlebrush. The ones here, in California, are usually dark red.

BNS said...

Hi Jan - I've seen quite a few of those really dark red ones, too, but this one that we have comes out rosy red.

Bobbie

marcia@joyismygoal said...

oh what delicate beauty--for a rough name

ellen b said...

Very pretty. It's always a treat to see a Bottlebrush. Love the deep pink color of this one.

Paz said...

Oh wow! Beautiful flower. Happy Ruby Tuesday!

Paz

Becky and Gary said...

Perfect for RT. You do have some gorgeous flowers in Hawaii.
Have a happy day.

The Mulligan Family said...

Oh I miss bottlebrush! Haven't seem those since we left So Cal. Your photos are lovely. Makes me wish I was in Hawaii right now!!

Happy Ruby Tuesday!

napaboaniya said...

I'll echo what Marcia had said, it's a real delicate beauty :)
Happy Ruby Tuesday!!

Raven said...

Don't think I've ever seen this flower before. Beautiful photo. Nifty looking flower. God/Mother Nature/the Universe is so creative.

Columbo said...

I love the bottlebrush. We don't have them up here too much. Nice shots and interesting narrative on the bottlebrush. Have a good Ruby Tuesday.

Gattina said...

that's a real good name for this flower ! Looks like one ! Very nice picture !

Felisol said...

I live and I learn on these Ruby Tuesdays.
I have never seen the Bottlebrush flower before. Probably neither will.
In real life that is. Thank you for introducing me to a steady stream of blossoming wonders on your blog.
From Felisol

Digital Polaroids said...

I never saw this flower before, thanks for sharing!

Greyscale Territory said...

What a beautiful colour for a bottlebrush. There seems to be a combination of pink and red in it! Delightful pic!

Mojo said...

Appropriate name for the plant for sure! gorgeous photo too.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

So different from anything that grows in my Canadian gardens!

Dianne said...

she's a beauty!!

Lara said...

beautiful and delicate, and unusual for me!

Carletta said...

This flower certainly wears it's name well doesn't it!
I've never seen one but yours is gorgeous!

Ralph said...

I never thought a plant would be named for its non-natural look-alike.
That said, the petals with their spiky appearance look as if they could be letahl Obviously, far from reality that impression-actually delicate!

arlene said...

that's a cool! we have lots of that here too in the Philippines though nothing in my home. :)

thanks for coming by!

BNS said...

Thank you all for visiting. It seems everyone is in agreement that the name 'bottlebrush' suits this flower.

Bobbie

me ann my camera said...

How neat this looks and what an unusual bloom it appears to be! Love it.
ann

Ivanhoe said...

Wow! The flora in Hawaii is just amazing. One day, I'll come and see it with my own eyes :o)

2sweetnsaxy said...

This was one of my mom's favorites. We had one in the yard when I was a kid and it's still there. I didn't realize how big those trees can get until I saw them at the Gardens.

BNS said...

Thank you all.

@ 2Sweet - You are right. Some of these can grow to quite an imposing size.

Bobbie