Calliandra haematocephala

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  • Botanical Name : Calliandra haematocephala Hassk.
  • The word drives its origin from the word 'kallos' and 'andros' which means 'beauty' and 'stamens' respectively. This mainly refers to the long and brightly coloured stamens.

  • Common Name : Powder Puff
  • Plant Family : Mimosaceae
  • Plant Form : Shrub
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 5, 12, 18, 21, 28
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan, Infocity

About Calliandra haematocephala Plant :

  • Habit : A tall, spreading evergreen shrub.
  • Stem : Erect, branched, cylindrical and solid, brown when old.
  • Leaves :
    • Alternate, bipinnately compound having 8-10 pairs of leaflets.
    • Leaflets oblong or lanceolate.
  • Inflorescence : Globose Head.
  • Fruit : Pods having 4-7 seeds.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : November-April
  • Significance :
    • Common as an ornamental plant. (Notes : - Calliandra haematocephala (PowderPuff) is distinguished from the Calliandra emarginata (Dwarf Powder Puff) in having pinnately compound leaf and the greater size )