Embothrium coccineum J.R. & G.Forst.

Chilean Firebush

Shrub to small tree with suckering stems. Leaves ovate-lanceolate to oblong, up to 10 cm or so long. Flower clusters terminal or axillary, dense; spring to summer. Flowers scarlet (rarely white), to 5 cm long, with a narrow tube splitting into 4 coiled lobes and with a long, protruding style that persists on the fruit.

Grows best in moist, cool areas.

var. lanceolatum Ruiz & Pav. has narrower leaves. The variability of this taxon and its selections is sometimes subsumed under the title Lanceolatum Group.


VIC: Ferny Creek (Horticultural Society); Wandin (MCC Nsy).

Source: Spencer, R.; Molyneux, B.; Mathews, D. (2002). Proteaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Proteanae
order      Proteales
family       Proteaceae
genus        Embothrium J.R. & G.Forst.