Calliandra haematocephala Hassk.
Red powder puff
Red powderpuffs have arresting flowers shaped like soft round brushes. They are not native to North America, but they are popular cultivated plants. They are Bolivian natives. Red powderpuffs actually come in pink and white as well as red.
Identification: These shrubs are 10-15' (3-4.6 m) high. Leaves are bipinnate. The “puffs” are not the flowers. The flowers are small and white, fused together in the center of the puff, while the puff is composed of stamens. The shape and color of these arrays are unmistakable.
Calliandra haematocephala on Forest and Kim Starr’s Starr Environmental site
Calliandra haematocephala on Wikimedia Commons
Calliandra haematocephala at the University of Connecticut Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Plant Growth Facilities
Calliandra haematocephala at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Calliandra haematocephala on Desert-tropicals.com
Calliandra haematocephala at Gymnosperms.org
Calliandra haematocephala on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network
Calliandra haematocephala on eFloras
Calliandra haematocephala description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
Range: Zones 9a-11: