Calothamnus villosus R.Br. ex W.T.Aiton
Silky net bush, woolly net bush
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Magnoliopsida||Dicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves|
|Subclass||Rosidae||Roses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more|
|Order||Myrtales||Includes myrtles, leadwoods, loosestrifes, pomegranates, evening primroses, many others|
|Family||Myrtaceae||Myrtle family, include myrtle, clove, guava, feijoa, allspice, and eucalyptus|
|Genus||Calothamnus||From the ancient Greek kalos, “beautiful,” and thamnos, “shrub.”|
About plant names...
This native of southwestern Australia does not occur in the wild in North America.
It prefers sandy soils high in granite, laterite, or quartzite clay.
Plants: This shrub
is 12-59" (30-150 cm) high.
Leaves: Evergreen leaves are thin and cylindrical—needle-like—and
covered with fuzz.
Flowers: Flowers are bright red, forming clusters of brush-like
sprays. Each spray is about 1" (2.5 cm) long, and has five petals, five hairy sepals, and
five bundles of stamens. The flowers are vaguely clawlike in appearance.
They appear from March to December.
Fruits: Woody, approximately globular clusters
with two thickened lobes on top.
From Loddiges, C., Botanical Cabinet, 1817
The Australian Native Plants Nursery
The Australian Government's Australian National Botanic Gardens
Calothamnus villosus description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 30 Aug 2021.
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5/25/2009 · Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, Arizona
≈ 4 × 5½' (1.3 × 1.7 m)
Range: Zones 9-11:
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