Calliandra eriophylla

Calliandra eriophylla leaves © by Michael Plagens

Apache Trail, Superstition Mts., Maricopa Co., Arizona. 7 Nov. 2018.

FLOWERS: Very long, conspicuous stamens are rose-pink. The flower petals by contrast are small and add little to the flower's showiness. Several flowers are borne together in each spherical cluster.

SHRUB: A low shrub rarely over 1 m tall. Leafless during periods of extended drought and after frost.

LEAVES: Finely dissected, bi-pinnate leaves. The leaves close up at night and if the plant is heavily disturbed/broken.

FRUIT: Flattened bean pods are held erect and begin to curl with maturity.

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:
bright red flowers of Baja Fairy Duster
Baja Fairyduster

Fabaceae -- Bean Family

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Sonoran Desert Field Guide
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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 18 Feb. 2008,
updated 28 May 2019.