~Robin red-breast bush~
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|I took this photo whilst in Wittunga Botanical Gardens with a friend. It had me fooled as I thought it was a Callistemon but it isn't!! It is actually a Melaleuca, common name Robin red-breast bush.|
Melaleuca lateritia, commonly known as the Robin Red-breast Bush, is one of many beautiful Melaleuca species native to the south-west province of Western Australia. It is an erect shrub and although rarely exceeding 1.5 m high by 1 m in diameter, in Canberra, often reaches over 2 m in damp situations in the south-west. Its habit is usually open and without pruning it may become untidy and woody at the base. With regular tip pruning, a more compact shrub is obtained.
Leaves are light green, about 2 cm long, more or less linear and taper to a fine point. The orange-red, bottlebrush flower spikes grow up to 9 cm long and 5 cm in diameter. They are usually borne on the older wood on small lateral growths. Sometimes flowers are seen close to the ground on very old bushes.
The main flowering period is summer, but some blooms are seen through to autumn and early winter when frost often destroys developing buds. Frost, however, is not an extreme problem as the shrub's vigour is not affected.
Seed is set prolifically on most bushes and the woody capsules persist on the shrub for many years. These may be removed if they look untidy or to improve vigour if the shrub is sparse. By storing the older capsules in a paper bag in a warm place, seeds are quickly released and provide a ready means of propagation. The shrub is also propagated readily from cuttings, using half-hardened wood.
The flowers are often visited by honeyeaters, particularly the Eastern Spinebill and New Holland Honeyeaters in Canberra.
M. lateritia should be grown in a prominent position because of its long flowering period at a time when flowers are scarce in the native garden. It appears to be relatively free of pests and diseases.
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Hope you like it! Thanks for looking and for your comments and critiques! Cheers Tina :-)
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- [2007-05-09 4:40]
I wish we had these weird and wonderful flowers here too!! I found them hard to photograph when in Australia but your shot is very striking with sharp details and superb colours. I like the way you're showing the buds too.
Many thanks, Ulla
Preciosa foto de bella composición con bonitos colores, muy completa la nota. Saludos
- [2007-05-09 9:47]
a very striking image with wonderful colours. You have such exotic flora and fauna in Australia! Great details in a tricky subject - very well done!
Nice image of this Melaleuca. I would have thought it was a Bottle Brush too, glad you sorted that one out. The colour is stunning as is you POV, capturing the buds that are about to burst open. Nice one.
- [2007-05-13 22:52]
Another amazing an exotic looking flower.The melaleuca is well known over here for it's antiseptic properties.I had not realized how beautiful it's flowers were.The colours are vivid and deep.Excellent detail.TFS
- [2007-05-29 23:58]
Hi Tina, you are definitely the expert when it comes to Australian plants on this site. When I have a question I'll know where to turn. This is a great shot of this Robin Red-breast Bush (is it related to the Bottle Brush). Your detail is very good and I love that red.
- [2007-06-30 16:59]
Very cool looking plant! Gorgeous color! Nice details and cool pov! TFS
- [2007-07-01 14:55]
Hi Tina. Beautifully clear shot of this famous bottle-brush type of flower. The colours and clarity are excellent. Murray.