Sunday, May 18, 2008

Fiber Optic Flower


I have no clue as to what type of flower this is. I photographed this at the Houston Zoo. It has those tips that remind me of the fiber optic Christmas trees that light up on the ends.

3 comments:

Jennifer@DoingTheNextThing said...

Sean would love that one! He enjoys botany - especially the more fascinating plants!

Sonia A. Mascaro said...

Beautiful photo!

I think this flower is named Powderpuff (in Portuguese is named Esponjinha). Powderpuff is from Brazil and can be a tree, a shrub or a dwarf shrub. All types have a sprawling growth habit. Best blooming is spring and summer. In good health, the foliage is a nice shiny green with compound evergreen leaves. Best is red although other colors can be seen. It's scientific name is
Calliandra haematocephala - Red Powder Puff.

I photographed that flower on my post. You can see them
HERE

Ashley Tate said...

I think Calliandra haematocephala (also Calliandra inaequilatera) is correct. Looks like it's a very unusual member of the Calliandra genus in lacking bipinnate leaves. More pictures and info here and here