Redpowder puff (calliandra calothyrus)

Catalog # 105 - Calliandra is greek for "beautiful stamens". This species is a native of Bolivia and grows into a small shrub tree about 5- 6 ft. with dark green mimosae type leaves. Hawaiians use the calliandra pompom flowers for a feathery looking lei. There it is called lehua The wood was used in the making of idols and spears long ago to satisfy Pele the goddess of the volcanoes.