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Plantidote of the Day 2012-01-30

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pink powder puff

Calliandra haematocephala

Pink powder puff

A few months ago, this plant was a mystery that never got solved. Back then it was a simple hedge, all foliage, but fern-like and the new growth had a tendency to appear as arches of pink-tinted branches. Then this curious little cluster popped up out of nowhere on the hedge, with Plantidote clearly written all over it. So the next day, camera in hand, what do I find? Surprise!

pink powder puff

Yes, a newly opened pink powder puff!! Mystery solved! At least if this is the right plant, it's solved. But I'd love to know if this is correct, since it's based on image searches and a somewhat haphazard selection process. So if you happen to have experience with powder puffs, please feel free to weigh in.

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