The Himalayas hold many Natural Treasures and the Pink Powder Puff (English) ,Calliandra brevipes ( Scientific Name) seen in the pictures below is one of them.

The Pink flowers can easily be confused with Calliandera surinamensis, which also bears Pink powder Puffs. ( Do check out a previous blog titled POWDER PUFFS as well)

Both the species are native to South America but the Calliadra brevipes which grows on small bushes and belongs to the family Mimosaceae ( Touch-me-not family) has made itself at home in the cool environs of the Eastern Himalayas in India.

bush with buds
Bush with Buds

The Gorgeous Raspberry like buds of this pretty flower stand out against the light green composite leaves in a garden in Kalimpong, West Bengal, India.

Beautiful Buds

The Puff is actually composed of Stamens and Anthers , white at the base and pink at the tips. The question that arises is where are the Petals?

powder puffs
Pink Blossoms

Nature is Enchanting but getting the names spot on is an Uphill  Task Indeed.

( reading a previous blog titled POWDER PUFF will help appreciate this aspect better)

If I have erred, please correct me. Will be happy to amend the post.



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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

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