Calliandra is a genus of flowering plants in the pea family, Fabaceae, subfamily Mimosoideae. It contains about 200 species that are native to tropical and subtropical regions of southern Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas.
The genus comprises herbaceous perennial plants, shrubs and rarely small trees, with bipinnate leaves. The flower, as seen here, has numerous long slender stamens, and are produced in cylindrical or globose inflorescences. The stamens give rise to the common name of Powder-puff/ Powder puff Plant and Fairy Duster. These plants flower all year round, but the best blooming is in spring and summer. They can be easily pruned.
Photo captured March 7, 2015.
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