Fairy Duster

Calliandra calothyrsus /
Calliandra houstoniana

Calliandra calothyrsus, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed among roadside vegetation near Wundanyi, Taita Hills, Kenya. May 2017.

FLOWERS: A crowded spike of small flowers. Each flower has about 9 very long and conspicuous red to pink stamens.

SHRUB or TREE: Large shrub or small tree.

LEAVES: Leaves are twice compound with small leaflets. The leaves appear feathery.

RANGE: A native of tropical America. This plant has been promoted to improve soil conditions and to be grown as forage for livestock.



flowers have long, red, conspicuous stamens of Calliandra calothyrsus, photo © Michael Plagens

Fabaceae -- Bean Family -- Mimosoideae - Mimosa Sub-Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 30 Aug. 2017.