Baja fairy duster Fabaceae Calliandra californica Benth. Listen to the Latin symbol: CACA82 Other Fact Sheets
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.

Looks like: fairy duster - catclaw mimosa - catclaw acacia - screwbean mesquite
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Additional Range Information:
Calliandra californica is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting Baja fairy duster.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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