Baja fairy duster Fabaceae Calliandra californica
Leaf:Alternate, tardily deciduous to nearly evergreen, bipinnately compound, feathery, usually with 4 (sometimes 6) major leaflets, whole leaf up to 1 1/2 inches long, individual leaflets narrowly ovate to lanceolate, 1/8 to 1/4 inch long.
Flower:Very showy, occurring in rounded red, fluffy stamen heads. Individual flowers are small with long (to 2 inch) stamens, flowering heavily in late spring but may bloom nearly year-round.
Fruit:Flattened, dry, brown, pubescent, pea-like pods, 2 inches long, popping open and ejecting seeds at maturity, curled open pods persisting on the twig.
Twig:Slender, zigzag, gray-brown with fine pale pubescence, weak paired spines at the nodes.
Bark:Smooth brown, weathering to gray.
Form:A loose shrub to 6 feet tall, generally wider than tall.