Calliandra tweedii

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Calliandra tweedii Benth.

Fabaceae

Life form: shrub
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun   10

Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam - Soil: sandy clay

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: elliptic

Division: bipinnate

Shape: five-stellate
Fruit: legume

43B / de241f 

Inflorescence: capituli

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Rosidae
Superordo:
Fabanae
Ordo:
Fabales

Calliandra tweedii is a shrub.

Naming

Calliandra tweedii was described by George Bentham in 1840. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Calliandra tweedii is a species in the genus Calliandra which contains approximately 182 to 206 species and belongs to the family of the Fabaceae (Legume Family). The type species of the genus is Calliandra houstoniana.

Characteristics

Growth

The shrubs reach heights of 2 to 5 metres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Calliandra tweedii is evergreen. The bipinnate leaves are alternate. The leaflets are elliptic and have entire margins.

Flowers and Fruits

Calliandra tweedii produces capituli of lobster-red five-stellate flowers from December to March.

The shrubs produce legumes.

Root System

Distribution

Calliandra tweedii is native to Brazil.

Cultivation

The shrubs prefer a sunny situation on moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy or sandy clay soil. They tolerate temperatures only above at least 1°C (USDA zone 10).

Uses

The ornamental value of Calliandra tweedii lies especially in the ornamental leaves.

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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