Calliandra californica

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Baja fairy duster
Calliandra californica.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Calliandra
Species: C. californica
Binomial name
Calliandra californica

Calliandra californica (Baja fairy duster), is a shrub which is native to Mexico. The flowers, which appear in early summer, have clusters of red stamens. The shrub is usually between 0.6 and 1.8 metres in height and has bipinnate leaves.

Along with many other legumes and leadworts (Plumbago),[1] it is a host plant for the Marine Blue caterpillar (Leptotes marina).[2]


  1. ^ "Marine Blue". Butterflies and Moths of North America. 
  2. ^ Rich Bailowitz and Jim Brock. "Southeastern Arizona" (PDF). North American Butterfly Association.