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Fabaceae-Mimosoideae >>> Calliandra eriophylla
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FLOWERS: Very long, conspicuous stamens are hot pink. The flower petals
by contrast are small and add little to the flower's showiness. Several flowers
are borne in each spherical cluster.
SHRUB: A low shrub rarely over 1 meter
tall. Leafless during periods of drought and after frost.
LEAVES: Finely dissected, bi-pinnate leaves. The leaves close up at
night or if the plant is heavily disturbed/broken.
FRUIT: Flattened bean pods are held erect and begin to curl with
RANGE: Common on rocky slopes and along wash banks in the Sonoran
Desert. More common at higher elevations, ca. > 700 m.
UNARMED: Many similar looking leguminous woody plants are thorny. The
lack of thorns adds to the appeal for horticulturists.
A similar species
origninally native to Baja California has bright red flowers and is extensively
cultivated throughout the cities of the southwestern United States.
Fabaceae -- Bean Family
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