Most species are endemic to Australia, but some species grow in New Zealand,Malaysia. A shrub or small tree, early settlers soaked the leaves in boiling water to make a brewed tea rich in ascorbic acid (vit C).
Telopea speciosissima - New South Wales native Waratah. The flower is as big as a coconut and grows on the end of a tall stalk. Photographed in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney Australia, along the Grand Canyon Loop Trail.
Callistemon citrinus 'Endeavour' - Bottlebrushes (botanically belonging to the genus Callistemon) are among the most popular and colourful Australian native flowering plants both in Australia and overseas.