Calliandra eriophylla

Today’s Botany Photo of the Day comes from the UBC BPotD Flickr pool. J.G. in San Francisco contributes the photo and the included write-up. Thank you, J.G. Original photo here. J.G. writes:

"Calliandra eriophylla, commonly known as fairy duster, is a low spreading shrub which is native to deserts and arid grasslands in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas and Mexico.

“The flowers, which appear between late winter and late spring, have dense clusters of pale to deep pink stamens and are about 5 cm wide. The shrub is usually between 20 and 50 cm high and has bipinnate leaves.

“Alternative common names for this species include Mock Mesquite and Mesquitella."

Calliandra eriophylla

11 responses to “Calliandra eriophylla”

  1. Sundew

    At university we were told about a man who proudly told one of our lecturers that he’d named his daughter after the lovely pink flower he had shown him. It seemed unkind to point out that the name roughly translates as “beautiful male parts”.

  2. Dana

    I have a Mimosa microphylla here in Oklahoma that has similar flowers and foliage. Its flowers have a wonder scent. I wonder if this plant also has a pretty scent like other mimosa style flowers.

  3. Annie Morgan

    Sundew’s comments were hilarious. Another beautiful photo.

  4. Cambree

    It does look like Mimosa flower. Also remind me of Acacia trees too.

  5. elizabeth a airhart

    oh and tis a fairy duster we have before us
    the snecio cineraria needs a little grooming?
    fun storey thank you fine picture

  6. He Who Lives With Yankees

    May I have the make and model of the camera you use please? Thanks.
    Gorgeous photo too.

  7. SoapySophia

    Fireworks, anyone?
    cute, amazing little beauty!

  8. Sandyinz4

    We really enjoyed coming across this shrub when we looked at plants in Arizona. It was one of the few in that part of the world that did not have thorns.

  9. tajalli

    He Who Lives with Yankees: the camera model and other details can be found by clicking the “Original photo here” link to JG’s Flickr page at the beginning of today’s write-up.

  10. He Who Lives With Yankees

    Thanks Tajalli.

  11. Janet Michelson

    Not sure I agree. There’s a different way of looking at that you know.

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