images by Dr. Karuna Kanta Das 




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
(From Wikipedia on 9.12.13)

ID : Calliandra sp. from Barapani(Shillong): Sending images may be the species of Calliandra. The Species is grown in the ICAR campus (Barapani) as ornamental plant. So please confirm the ID.
Time of collection : 19/10/12
Location : Barapani Shillong (Meghalaya)
Habit : Small tree

Is it Calliandra eriophylla?

Looks like Calliandra eriophylla

It looks Calliandra eriophylla Benth.
The plant id known as Fairy-duster. It is a straggling, densely branched, deciduous shrub to 3 ft., though usually much shorter. It is native from San Diego County through New Mexico and south to Mexico. The rounded, puffball flower heads are 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter and contain several clusters of flowers The petals of fairy duster are inconspicuous; it is the long, pink filaments of the stamens that make the showy display. Although usually straight, the long stamens are sometimes twisted and curly.


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