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Calothamnus villosus R.Br. ex W.T.Aiton

Silky net bush, woolly net bush

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderMyrtalesIncludes myrtles, leadwoods, loosestrifes, pomegranates, evening primroses, many others
FamilyMyrtaceaeMyrtle family, include myrtle, clove, guava, feijoa, allspice, and eucalyptus
GenusCalothamnusFrom the ancient Greek kalos, “beautiful,” and thamnos, “shrub.”

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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.

Calothamnus villosus (silky net bush, woolly net bush)

From Loddiges, C., Botanical Cabinet, 1817

Online References:



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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Calothamnus villosus (silky net bush, woolly net bush)

5/25/2009 · Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, Ari­zona

Range: Zones 9-11:

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