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Calliandra eriophylla

Calliandra eriophylla Benth.

Calliandra eriophylla Benth. var. chamaedrys Isely

Calliandra eriophylla Benth. var. eriophylla

Fairy Duster, Pink Fairy Duster, Mock Mesquite, Mesquitilla, Fairyduster

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderFabalesLegumes (pea and bean families)
FamilyFabaceaeLegume family (peas and beans)
GenusCalliandraFrom the Greek kallos, “beautiful,” and andra, “stamen”
SpecieseriophyllaFrom the Greek erion, “wool,” and phyllon, “leaf,” referring to the matted white hairs that cover the plant when young

About plant names...

Fairy duster is a low woody shrub which produces beautiful hummingbird-friendly flowers, members of the extensive legume (bean) family. These plants are North American natives.

Identification: Fairy dusters are 12-48" (30-121 cm) tall. The pink or white flowerheads are up to two inches across. The leaves are tiny and bipinnate. Seed pods are small, brown, and curled.

Calliandra eriophylla (Fairy Duster, Pink Fairy Duster, Mock Mesquite, Mesquitilla, Fairyduster)

By Norman G. Flaigg, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Online References:

Calliandra eriophylla at Southeastern Arizona Wildflowers and the Plants of the Sonoran Desert

Calliandra eriophylla at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Calliandra eriophylla at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Calliandra eriophylla as Compiled by the Master Gardeners of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension

Calliandra eriophylla at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Sonoran Desert Digital Library

Calliandra eriophylla on CalPhotos

Calliandra eriophylla at George and Audrey DeLange's Arizona wildflower site

Calliandra eriophylla on Wikimedia Commons

Calliandra eriophylla on www.stanford.edu

Calliandra eriophylla on Desert-tropicals.com

Calliandra eriophylla description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Calliandra eriophylla (Fairy Duster, Pink Fairy Duster, Mock Mesquite, Mesquitilla, Fairyduster)

4/17/2003 · Saguaro National Park, Pima, AZ · By Constance B. Kent

Calliandra eriophylla (Fairy Duster, Pink Fairy Duster, Mock Mesquite, Mesquitilla, Fairyduster)

(That's a blue agave at left.) · 5/25/2009 · Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, AZ
≈ 29 × 22" (73 × 56 cm)

Range: Zones 7b-11:

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