Calliandra tergemina is a species of flowering plants of the genus Calliandra in the pea family, Fabaceae, subfamily Mimosoideae. Common names in English are Dwarf Red Powderpuff, Pink Powder Puff, Pink Powderpuff.
Genus Calliandra contains about 200 species that are native to tropical and subtropical regions of southern Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas.
The genus comprises herbaceous perennial plants, shrubs and rarely small trees growing 0.5–6 m tall, with bipinnate leaves. The flowers have numerous long slender stamens, and are produced in cylindrical or globose inflorescences; the stamens give rise to the common name of Powder-puff/ Powder puff Plant and Fairy Duster. These plants flower all year round.
In Indonesia, this plant is known as Kaliandra. And there are a few Powderpuff plants planted in the parking lot at an office near the home in Pasar Rebo, East Jakarta, Indonesia.
Scientific Classification of Dwarf Red Powder Puff (Calliandra tergemina)
Kingdom Plantae Haeckel, 1866 – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division (Phylum) Magnoliophyta - Cronquist, Takhtajan & W. Zimmermann, 1966 - Flowering Plants
Class Magnoliopsida Brongniart, 1843 - Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae - Takhtajan, 1967
Order Fabales Bromhead, 1838
Family Fabaceae lindl.– Pea family
Subfamily Mimosoideae DC.
Genus Calliandra - Benth. in Hook., Lond. J.Bot. 2:138. 1840. (conserved name). - Stickpea
Species C. tergemina (L.)Benth.
Botanical/Scientific name: Calliandra tergemina (L.)Benth.
Synonym Oxalis regnellii
Photos of Dwarf Red Powder Puff (Calliandra tergemina) flowers were taken using a camera phone Sony Ericsson K800i in Pasar Rebo, East Jakarta, Indonesia.