Myrtaceae family

 

Plant Group

Genera

Species

Myrtaceae

Trees and woody shrubs with simple leaves showing oil dots when held against the light, aromatic. Fruits are woody capsules opening by valves in the top. Petals inconspicuous, stamens long and conspicuous, forming balls, brushes or fluffy rings.

Image of Callistemon pallidus Image: David Meagher

Dicotyledon

Eucalyptus

The name derives from the Greek eu meaning 'well' and kalyptos meaning 'concealed' alluding to the cap which covers the stamens and falls away on flowering in all members of the genus. Identification of species depends on bark, leaves, buds and fruit.