Metrosideros is a name given originally by Rumphius in Herb. Amboin to some plants of this genus, the term applies to the hardness of their wood, which by the Dutch is called Yzerhout (Ironwood) Forster in his Gen. Pl. figures this and another genus on the same plate, under the name of Leptospermum, Schreber in his edition of the Gen. Pl. of Linn?us, unites Metrosideros, Melaleuca, Leptospermum, and Fabricia, under the genus Melaleuca, G?rtner in his elaborate work on the seeds of plants, makes separate genera of these, agreeably to the ideas of Sir Joseph Banks and Mr. Dryander, who on this subject can certainly boast the best information.
We cannot, without transgressing the allotted limits of our letter press, give a minute description of the plant figured, suffice it to say, that it is an ever green shrub, growing to the height of from four to six or more feet, that its leaves on the old wood feel very harsh or rigid to the touch, and when bruised give forth an agreeable fragrance, the flowers grow in spikes on the tops of the branches, and owe their beauty wholly to the brilliant colour of the filaments.