There are 22 species of Beaufortia, all of which occur in the south west botanical province of Western Australia. The genus is closely related to the more familiar Melaleuca, both genera having stamens which are joined into clusters. The difference between the genera is in the arrangement of the anthers (the pollen bearing structures of the flowers). In Beaufortia these are attached to the stamens at their bases (basifixed) whereas in Melaleuca the anthers are attached along their sides (versatile).
All Beaufortias respond well to light pruning at the end of their flowering.
Name Derivation: Beaufortia was named in 1812 by Robert Brown in honour of Mary Somerset, Duchess of Beaufort, who had a private botanic garden and herbarium in England.
Common Name: Beaufortia
Beaufortia is in the family Myrtaceae.