Fairy duster

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© Tammy Espino
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UploadedMarch 12, 2009
TakenMarch 11, 2009
ModelCanon EOS 50D
Exposure1/250 sec at f/5.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length135 mm
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Fairy Duster
Calliandra eriophylla

Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts of southern California to southwestern New Mexico and northern Mexico.

Open hillsides, sandy desert washes and slopes below 5,000 feet.

Each light pink-to orange puff contains many flowers and is up to 2 inches in diameter. The flowers are darker toward the center, from which the long stamens radiate. Fairy Duster can bloom year round, but usually February through May.

Fairy Duster is a low, densely branched shrub 8 to 48 inches high. The leaves are formed by 2-to-4 pairs of 1/4-inch, oblong leaflets. It is a member of the Pea Family (Fabaceae) which includes acacias and mimosas.

This thornless, perennial shrub provides food to many desert animal, birds and insects.

This was taken at the cactus garden in Las Vegas, NV

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  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (12 Mar 2009):


  • Aubrey's Oma

    Aubrey's Oma (Deleted) gave props (12 Mar 2009):

    oh EXCELLENT!!!!

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (12 Mar 2009):

    beautiful! great dof... :~)

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (12 Mar 2009):

    Wow.... this is the coolest flower :) Great shot!!!

  • Benny R@mirez

    Benny R@mirez gave props (12 Mar 2009):

    Nice shot!!!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (13 Mar 2009):

    amazing capture, Tammy!

  • Donna Whitecotton

    Donna Whitecotton gave props (17 Mar 2009):

    Wow....this is a spectacular shot!!!

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