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Botanical Name:Calliandra haematocephala
Common Name:Red Powder Puff Tree
Calliandra haematocephala has scarlet balls of flowers that resemble pompons or powder puffs. Calliandra comes from the Greek words kallos, meaning beauty, and andros, meaning stamen (male flower organ). In bud, the flower heads appear to look like raspberries, but soon evolve into delicate spikes of scarlet colored stamens. Calliandra haematocephala has characteristic bean-like fruits as other members of the Bean Family, Fabaceae. Look for Calliandra haematocephala when you enter the Tropical Memorial Conservatory as you approach the pond. Also, notice Calliandra haematocephala ‘Alba’, a white cultivar of the Powder Puff Tree just beyond.
Garden Location:Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory
Botanical Name:Euphorbia pulcherrima
This plant was introduced to the United States in 1825 by Joel R. Poinsett, the first United States ambassador to Mexico. The widespread belief that poinsettias are poisonous is a misconception. The showy colored parts of poinsettias that most people think are the flowers are actually colored bracts (modified leaves). The wild species consists of inconspicuous yellow flowers surrounded by large brilliant red bracts. Thanks to intensive breeding programs, we now have poinsettias in a wide color palette to choose from.
Garden Location:The Orangery