Calliandra eriophylla

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Calliandra eriophylla
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Calliandra
Species: C. eriophylla
Binomial name
Calliandra eriophylla
  • Anneslia eriophylla (Benth.) Britton
  • Calliandra chamaedrys Engelm.
  • Calliandra conferta A.Gray
  • Feuilleea eriophylla Kuntze

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 (2 in) wide.

The shrub is usually between 20 and 50 cm (8 and 20 in) high and has bipinnate leaves.

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


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