Identifying Florida Tree - Knowledgebase Question

West Palm Beach, FL
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Question by persy
January 2, 1998
I live in Florida and see this tree that looks like it's in the evergreen family but it always has a pretty red fluted-like flower on it. The tree itself is very soft and has an airy type of needle. Do you have any idea what this can be???

Answer from NGA
January 2, 1998
I believe what you describe is a Bottle-Brush. The family
is Myrtaceae. It is a large shrub which can be thought of as a tree. It is an evergreen with spectacular spikes resembling red bottle brushes, and is propagated from seeds. The Bottle-Brushhas aromatic, alternate, linear
leaves with prominent lateral midveins.

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