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Bees feeding on a Bottlebrush tree

Bees feeding on a Bottlebrush tree

Bees ‘dining’ on a bottlebrush shrub. I could watch these guys all day as they struggle down in between the flower filaments.
The ‘bottlebrush’ tree is a fascinating plant. My father planted this one some years ago. They’re not uncommon in the area but still unusual to look at. Some info about the bottlebrush.
Callistemon is a genus of shrubs in the family Myrtaceae, first described as a genus in 1814. The entire genus is endemic to Australia but widely cultivated in many other regions and naturalised in scattered locations.
Each flower produces a small woody fruit containing hundreds of tiny seeds. These fruits form in clusters along the stem, and are usually held on the plant for many years. The seeds are usually not released from the fruits for several years, but in some species the fruits open after about a year. Fire also stimulates the opening of the fruits in some bottlebrushes.

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