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Legume id [Calliandra calothyrsus]

Postby green baron » Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:25 pm

I saw a butterly laying eggs on this plant in Philippines. It has Albizia like leaves but it has pink flowers. Any idea what is it ?

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Re: Legume id (Calliandra calothyrsus)

Postby green baron » Tue Nov 01, 2011 5:44 pm

Found out this is actually Calliandra calothyrsus aka Powderpuff Plant. More images here. The Powderpuff plant we have in Singapore is a differnt species - C. emarginata.

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Distribution: Native of Central America, introduced in Java in 1936; now planted in many other countries in SE Asia, and to a lesser extent in other tropical areas.

Used as a high quality protein leaf crop to supplement low quality forages and crop residues; also used as fuel wood for household and small industries; the wood can also be used for pulp and paper production, widelu planted to control soil erosionon sloping lands and ravines, also used to improve soils by nitrogen fixation and good litter production by cultivating it in rotationwith arable crops ; tends to be weedy.

(source: Flowering Plants and Ferns of Mt. Makiling, Fernando, Sun, Suh, Kong, Koh - 2004)
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