Most species are endemic to Australia, but some species grow in New Zealand,Malaysia. A shrub or small tree, early settlers soaked the leaves in boiling water to make a brewed tea rich in ascorbic acid (vit C).
Here in Western Australia, it's not snow or jingle bells that tells me Christmas is a-comin'. Its this beautiful flowering tree, commonly called the Western Australian Christmas Tree (funny that!) or Nuytsia floribunda. It is so vivid and beautiful.