Callistemon pungens  |  

Callistemon pungens

Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list

Callistemon pungens, Family Myrtaceae, also known in the horticultural industry as Callistemon ÔLanaÕ, C. ÔGilesiiÕ, C. ÔArmidaleÕ and C. ÔSevern RiverÕ, is a very distinctive
shrub or small tree growing 2Ð5 m tall. The leaves are 2Ð3 cm long and have a pungent tip 1Ð 2 mm long, while the flower spike (inflorescence) is 5Ð6 cm long and 2.5Ð4.5 cm in diameter with purple stamens (National Herbarium of NSW, 1999Ð2007). The species is characterised by its purple stamens and small, pungent leaves (Lumley & Spencer, 1990). It flowers over spring and summer, mostly in November.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Callistemon pungens

    Fire is a potential threat to the species; particularly in the Stanthorpe Plateau region.