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Calliandra haematocephala
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Tribe: Ingeae
Genus: Calliandra

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  • Anneslia Salisb.
  • Codonandra H.Karst.[1]
  • Guinetia L.Rico & M.Sousa[2]

Calliandra is a genus of flowering plants in the pea family, Fabaceae, subfamily Mimosoideae. It contains about 140 species that are native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas.[2]


The genus comprises herbaceous perennial plants, shrubs and rarely small trees growing 0.5–6 m tall, with bipinnate leaves. The flowers are produced in cylindrical or globose inflorescences and have numerous long slender stamens which give rise to the common names powder-puff, powder puff plant, and fairy duster. These plants flower all year round, but the best blooming is in spring and summer. They can be easily pruned.

Selected species[edit]

Species include:[3]

Formerly placed here[edit]



  1. ^ a b "Genus: Calliandra Benth.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2007-10-05. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 
  2. ^ a b de Souza ER, de Queiroz LP, Lewis GP, Forest F, Schnadelbach AS, van den Berg C. (2013). "Phylogeny of Calliandra (Leguminosae: Mimosoideae) based on nuclear and plastid molecular markers". Taxon. 62 (6): 1200–1219. 
  3. ^ The Plant List, retrieved 18 June 2016 
  4. ^ a b "GRIN Species Records of Calliandra". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2013-07-24.