Common name – Powder Puff
Rambling shrub or small tree silky leaves and powder-puff-like balls of conspicuous dark crimson stamens. Calliandra haematocephala is a fast growing shrub that can grow tall but also spreads wide. The leaves close at night. The red flower is attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. It appears from November -April. The buds before the flowers open look like raspberries.
Botanical name: Calliandra haematocephala
Family: Mimosaceae (Touch-me-not family)
Picture – Sainikpuri, Secunderabad and Shilparamam, Hyderabad
Information – Flowers of India