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Published In: Journal of Botany, being a second series of the Botanical Miscellany 2(11): 138–141. 1840. (J. Bot. (Hooker)) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
General/Distribution: A genus with about 200 species, distributed in tropical and subtropical America, Madagascar, W. Tropical Africa, India and E. Pakistan.


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Shrubs or small trees; leaves bipinnate, leaflets small and numerous or larger and from few pairs to one; stiuples often persistent, rarely absent. Inflorescence globose heads, or terminal racemes. Flowers 5-6 merous, with long stamens, red, white and showy. Calyx dentate or rarely deeply divided. Petals united to the middle. Stamens numerous, up to 100, more or less united into a tube and long¬exserted, anthers mostly glandular hairy. Ovary sessile, ovules numerous; style filiform. Fruit linear, straight or nearly so, margins thickened, 2 valved, dehiscing from both the margins, continuous inside. Seed obovate or orbicular, compressed.

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1 Leaf bipinnate, main lateral pinnae 11 pairs or more (2)
+ Leaf bipinnate, main lateral pinnae 1 pair, leaflets 4-8 pairs Calliandra haematocephala
2 (1) Tip of the leaflets not pointing upwards Calliandra anomala
+ Tip of the leaflets pointing upwards Calliandra inermis
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