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.