Thank you to Bill Higham@Flickr, of Hobart, Tasmania, for sharing today’s image with us (original). Not only is Bill a skilled photographer, but he’s also a poet and writer; you can read some of his work at his website: The Cut Monkey. Much appreciated!
Over seventy species of Calytrix are recognized. All are endemic to Australia. Calytrix tetragona, or common fringe-myrtle, is widely distributed through southern and eastern Australia. It is a shrubby species reaching about 2m (6 ft.) in height at maturity. Flowering is typically in Australia’s spring, though it can flower throughout the year, which seems to be the instance in this case as it appears Bill photographed this individual in March.
Variation in flower colour (ranging to pink) and calyx colour (maturing to a deep-red) can occur, as documented on the site of the Australian Native Plant Society: Calytrix tetragona.