is a genus
of mainly eastern Australian
plants with distinctive bell-shaped flowers
is in the family Rutaceae
, and like many in this family the crushed leaves have a distinctive scent. There are ca.
11 species in the genus, though natural hybridisation between the species makes taxonomic relationships within this genus problematic. Because it flowers in December and has a festive red and green appearance, one species has been named Christmas bush
, an appellation shared by several Australian plants
which bloom around the same time or are festively colored.
The genus correa is named after the Portuguese botanist José Correia da Serra (1750-1823), known as Abbé Correa.
Many hybrids of Correa reflexa
are grown in Australian gardens. Correas are generally easy to grow shrubs which prefer a partly shaded spot in the garden. Their flowers lack the fragrances so sought after in their relatives the Boronia