Calliandra haematocephala

Powder puff tree

The name of this tree describes it perfectly. Calliandra comes from the Greek kallos meaning beauty and andros meaning stamen or male. Haematocephala comes from haimatos meaning -of blood and kephale meaning -a head. The photo shows a beautiful tree with showy flowers displaying a powder puff of long red stamens.

The flower buds are small and look like raspberries, first green and then red.

 

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