Calliandra surinamensis Benth.

Sub-Family: Mimosoideae
English Name: Surinam Powder Puff
Synonym: Calliandra tenuiflora Benth.
Common Name: Pink powder puff
Flowering & Fruiting Period: October-February
Distribution: Native to South America
Habitat: Fairly common along creeks and rivers, especially on rocky islands near rapids
Uses: The plant responds well to trimming and can be grown as a hedge. All members of this genus have extensive root systems and are useful for binding the soil.
Key Characteristics: Calliandra surinamensisis a shrub or a small tree with a dense crown of many thin stems; it usually grows up to 2.5 metres tall, but can reach 5 metres. A very ornamental plant, valued for its year-round floral display, the plant is also sometimes grown as a hedge.