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Useful Tropical Plants

Calliandra purpurea

(L.) Benth.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Anneslia purpurea (L.) Britton

Calliandra conoensis H.Karst.

Calliandra coroensis H.Karst.

Calliandra obtusifolia (Willd.) H.Karst.

Calliandra slaneae R.A.Howard

Feuilleea purpurea Kuntze

Inga obtusifolia Willd.

Inga purpurea (L.) Willd.

Mimosa obtusifolia Poir.

Mimosa purpurea L.

Common Name:

Calliandra purpurea
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: Citron
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General Information

Calliandra purpurea is a shrub or a small tree with multiple thin stems and dense foliage; it usually grows up to 2.5 metres tall, but can occasionally reach 5 metres. The bole is short and crooked[
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Widely grown as an ornamental in gardens, where it is valued especially for its floral display, The plant can also be trimmed and grown as a hedge.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana; Caribbean - Windward and Leeward Islands.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height2.00 m
Growth RateFast
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Succeeds in full sun as well as in partial shade[
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Dominica Botanic Gardens
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Dominica Botanic Gardens
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http://www.da-academy.org/trees_shrubs.html
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An on-line resource, providing top quality pictures and some basic information on various plants being grown at the Botanic Gardens, often including uses and habitat.
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A fast-growing tree[
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Dominica Botanic Gardens
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http://www.da-academy.org/trees_shrubs.html
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An on-line resource, providing top quality pictures and some basic information on various plants being grown at the Botanic Gardens, often including uses and habitat.
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The plant can produce flowers all year round[
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Title
Dominica Botanic Gardens
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Author
 
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http://www.da-academy.org/trees_shrubs.html
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Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line resource, providing top quality pictures and some basic information on various plants being grown at the Botanic Gardens, often including uses and habitat.
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

The plant responds well to trimming and can be grown as a hedge[
362
Title
Dominica Botanic Gardens
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.da-academy.org/trees_shrubs.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line resource, providing top quality pictures and some basic information on various plants being grown at the Botanic Gardens, often including uses and habitat.
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All members of this genus have extensive root systems and are useful for binding the soil[
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Title
The Leguminosae; A Source Book of Characteristics, Uses and Nodulation
Publication
 
Author
Allen O.N.; Allen E.K.
Publisher
University of Wisconsin
Year
1981
ISBN
0-333-32221-5
Description
An amazing and comprehensive work, giving a brief guide to the many genera of the family Fabaceae and also the principle uses of the genus.
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Cuttings
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