Calliandra emarginata

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  • Botanical Name : Calliandra tergemina var. emarginata (Willd.) Barneby
  • 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.

  • Synonyms : Calliandra emarginata (Willd.) Benth.
  • Common Name : Dwarf Powder Puff
  • Plant Family : Mimosaceae
  • Plant Form : Shrub
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 13
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park, Van Chetana Kendra, Infocity

About Calliandra emarginata Plant :

  • Habit : Plant found in small shrub
  • Leaves : Kidney shaped leaflets appear in pairs.
  • Inflorescence : Globose or Head.
  • Flower : Flowers have numerous long slender stamens, which are red in colour. Due to that common name has been given "Power-puff".
  • Significance :
    • An ornamental plant.
    • Notes : Calliandra emarginata (Dwarf Powder Puff) is distinguished from the Calliandra haematocephala (PowderPuff) in having kidney shaped leaflets appearing in pairs and the dwarf size of the shrub.