The myrtle family contains 5950 species arranged into 132 genera. They are one of the plant families that originated in Gondwana and notable members include Guava, Bottlebrush (Callistemon) and Eucalyptus. Today, the family has widespread distribution in tropical and warm-temperate regions of the world.
All species are woody, contain essential oils, and have flower parts in multiples of four or five. The leaves are evergreen, alternate to mostly opposite, simple, and usually entire.
Name Derivation: The Myrtle family
In The Garden
- Callistemon ‘Cane’s Hybrid’
- Callistemon citrinus ‘Burgundy’
- Callistemon viridiflorus
- Callistemon subulatus ‘Dark Red’