Calliandra haematocephala

The pink powderpuff is showing its distinctive flowers in the West tropical House.
A member of the Leguminosae, the flowers of Calliandra haematocephala are not what you would expect of the pea family. Here the inflorescence is an axillary, spherical head formed of many individual flowers, though it is the multitude of stamens which provide impact.
This is a woody member of the pea family originating in Bolivia. The leaves are typical of the family, being alternate and pinnate.
Image ID 04444

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