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Threatened species

Netted Bottle Brush - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Callistemon linearifolius
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 24 Dec 1999
Profile last updated: 24 Jul 2019


This shrub is up to 3-4 m tall, with linear (long and narrow) to linear-lanceolate (lance shaped) leaves 8-10 cm long, and 5-7 mm wide with an sharp tip, thickened margins, and distinct lateral veins. Flowers are clustered into the typical "bottlebrushes" of Callistemon species. The brushes are red and usually 9-10 cm long and approximately 50 mm in diameter. The stem upon which the filaments occur are covered in a soft downy hair at flowering. The seed capsules are approximately 7 mm in diameter.


Recorded from the Georges River to Hawkesbury River in the Sydney area, and north to the Nelson Bay area of NSW. Recorded in 2000 at Coalcliff in the northern Illawarra. For the Sydney area, recent records are limited to the Hornsby Plateau area near the Hawkesbury River. The species was more widespread in the past, and there are currently only 5-6 populations remaining from the 22 populations historically recorded in the Sydney area. Three of the remaining populations are reserved in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Lion Island Nature Reserve and Spectacle Island Nature Reserve. The species has also been recorded from Yengo National Park.

Habitat and ecology

  • Grows in dry sclerophyll forest on the coast and adjacent ranges.
  • Flowers spring – summer.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastKaruah Manning Known None
NSW North CoastMacleay Hastings Known None
NSW North CoastUpper Hunter Predicted None
OceanHawkesbury Shelf Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Lowlands Predicted None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Sandstones Known None
Sydney BasinCumberland Known None
Sydney BasinHunter Known None
Sydney BasinIllawarra Known North of Wollongong
Sydney BasinPittwater Known None
Sydney BasinSydney Cataract Known None
Sydney BasinWyong Known None
Sydney BasinYengo Known None