Calliandra californica

Calliandra californica (*)

Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Magnoliophyta
Classis: Magnoliopsida
Subclassis: Rosidae
Ordo: Fabales
Familia: Fabaceae
Subfamilia: Mimosoideae
Tribus: Ingeae
Genus: Calliandra
Species: Calliandra californica

Name

Calliandra californica Benth.

References

* Botany of the Voyage of H.M.S. Sulphur. The 14, t. 11. 1844
* USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Data from 07-Oct-06]. [1]

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Calliandra californica (Baja fairy duster), is a shrub which is native to Mexico. The flowers, which appear in early summer, have clusters of red stamens. The shrub is usually between 0.6 and 1.8 metres in height and has bipinnate leaves.

Along with many other legumes and leadworts (Plumbago),[1] it is a host plant for the Marine Blue caterpillar (Leptotes marina).[2]

References

1. ^ "Marine Blue". Butterflies and Moths of North America. http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species?l=1583.
2. ^ Rich Bailowitz and Jim Brock. "Southeastern Arizona" (PDF). North American Butterfly Association. http://www.naba.org/ftp/seaz.pdf.


* USDA GRIN Taxonomy for Plants: Calliandra californica
* The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension: Calliandra californica

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