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Today I’m taking part in Macro Monday at Lisa’s Chaos. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love taking photos of flowers and plants, but I’m terrible at identifying what they are. I recently featured some beautiful pink and fuzzy flowers but I had no idea what they were at first. When I posted the photo on my Facebook page, someone kindly told me the flowers belonged to the New Zealand Christmas Tree. After googling that tree, I was pretty convinced and so I wrote my post around this specific tree.

Now, here’s the catch. I visited the San Diego Botanic Garden this weekend and I saw fuzzy flowers that looked just like the pink ones but they were white. So I looked at the tree label and it said… White powder puff – Calliandra Haematocephala. Ha!

Powder puff tree - calliandra haematocephala

Powder puff tree – calliandra haematocephala

The powder puff tree – Calliandra Haematocephala – can feature fuzzy flowers that are either pink or white depending on its variety. The powder puff shaped flowers are beautiful in either color, so for this Macro Monday post, I’m featuring both colors for your enjoyment.

Remember you can click on each photo below for a larger view.

Macro Monday: pink powder puff tree - Calliandra Haematocephala

Macro Monday: pink powder puff tree – Calliandra Haematocephala

The berries you see on the photo are not edible. They actually are the flower buds before they bloom. Aren’t these blooms pretty?

Macro Monday: pink powder puff flowers - Calliandra Haematocephala

Macro Monday: pink powder puff flowers – Calliandra Haematocephala

Now here’s the white variety of these powder puff flowers. You can really see how they got their name.

Macro Monday: white powder puff tree - Calliandra Haematocephala

Macro Monday: white powder puff tree – Calliandra Haematocephala

Macro Monday: white powder puff flowers - Calliandra Haematocephala

Macro Monday: white powder puff flowers – Calliandra Haematocephala

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About Milka Pejovic

I'm a freelance writer, artist and photographer. I write mostly for business, not enough for pleasure, and I take a lot of pictures of the world around me.

9 responses »

  1. Janis says:

    Great macros…so crisp n clear.

  2. Carrie Rubin says:

    Those are so cool looking, and how pretty the red and white ones would be side by side.

    • mpejovic says:

      I bet they would be. Unfortunately I found these in two completely different places! I’ll have to look around the next time I go to the San Diego Botanic Garden and see if they have more trees. I always discover new plants every time I go there.

  3. […] February 18, 2013: I discovered the flowers below don’t belong to the New Zealand Christmas tree but instead to the Powder Puff Tree. View more photos of powder puff trees, including white and pink flowers. […]

  4. Gunilla says:

    These are gorgeous! I like the shape of the flower.

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