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ball of red wool? or powder puff?

Updated: Dec 1, 2021

It's just simply fascinating! Often referred to as fairy dusters or red powder puffs, the Calliandra haematocephala is not only attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds but only appear this tine of the year i.e. from November - April. Spotted these that also look like balls of red wool! And, to top it off, the buds before the flowers open look like raspberries.

And, by the way, this photo was taken when the flower is kind droopy. Ordinarily the long strings are taught and spiky. This one is still beautiful, although it resembles more of a ball of wool. But this has not stopped the honey bee, that know where the sweet nectar still is (see the video above this post).

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