3444.000 Calliandra Benth.

Bailey, L.H. (1949) Manual of Cultivated Plants Revised edition. Macmillan, New York.

Walters, S.M. et al. (eds) (1995) The European Garden Flora. Vol. IV. Dicotyledons (Part II). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Description of the genus

Shrubs or small trees. Leaves 2-pinnate. Flowers numerous, pink or white in spherical or 'powder-puff' heads. Calyx 5-toothed or -lobed. Corolla 5-lobed, small, concealed among the numerous long stamens; stamens with coloured filaments, these providing much of the colour of the inflorescence. Ovary with many ovules. Pod ± straight, usually flattened, not pulpy within, elastically dehiscent from the apex.

Quite similar in appearance to Albizia and differing from that genus in the method of dehiscence of the pod.

Worldwide: c. 200 species in tropical America, Asia and Madagascar

Zimbabwe: 7 cultivated taxa.

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brevipes Benth.
calothyrsus Meisn.
haematocephala Hassk.
houstonii (Mill.) Benth.
selloi Spreng.
surinamensis Benth.
tweedii Benth.

Other sources of information about Calliandra:

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Calliandra
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Calliandra
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Calliandra
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Calliandra
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Calliandra

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Calliandra.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1801, retrieved 23 October 2016

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