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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!
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.
The berries you see on the photo are not edible. They actually are the flower buds before they bloom. Aren’t these blooms pretty?
Now here’s the white variety of these powder puff flowers. You can really see how they got their name.
Great macros…so crisp n clear.
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Those are so cool looking, and how pretty the red and white ones would be side by side.
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.
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These are gorgeous! I like the shape of the flower.
I’m glad you enjoyed the flowers. Thanks for stopping by!