The Fairy duster, Calliandra eriophylla,
is a winter blooming perenial common in
the Sonora desert but considered an
endangered species in southern California.
This beautiful desert wildflower blooms on a
low spreading shrub common along rocky
slopes and washes. Blossoms appear from
October through April and are comprised of
1" clusters containing a number of
inconspicuous petals surrounded by long,
hot pink stamens. The small green leaves
are finely dissected, bi-pinnate and close at
night. Fairy duster shrubs will also lose their
leaves during draught or after a heavy frost.

The fruit of this leguminous plant are small, erect bean pods that begin to curl with maturity. Birds, dear
and other animals eat the leaves and seeds and the blossoms are frequented by humming birds, bees
and butterflies. . . . ⬇

FEATURED in Plants at Risk Dec. 16, 2011

Sonora Desert, Mexico: Olympus E-3, Sigma 105 mm f/2.8 L, 1/125 Sec, f/3.5, ISO 100,


calliandra eriophylla, ecology, endangered, fairy duster, flower, legume, pink, purple, wildflower, nature

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  • Larissa Brea
    Larissa Breaover 4 years ago

    Great clarity and DOF!

  • Mil gracias Larissa :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • sigfusson
    sigfussonover 4 years ago

    Wow, so delicate. The muted tones and bokeh add to the texture of this bloom as well. Gorgeous shot Richard. Cheers, S.

  • Thank you Sandra for you nice comments :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • John Fish
    John Fishover 4 years ago

    a beautiful close up nature shot. magical quality

  • Thank you very much for your great comments John.

    – Richard G Witham

    HEATHSEover 4 years ago

    Lovely backgound colour..I love these ‘simple’ shots you take!

  • Thanks for the wonderful comment Sandra. These bright little blossoms really dress up the desert this time of year.

    – Richard G Witham

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosover 4 years ago

    No la había visto!!
    Me gusta eso de.."unconspicuous petals! je,je….suena tan dramático!..
    Ante la dureza….el minimalismo.
    Para perder agua lo menos posible. Nosotros despilfarramos el agua, nos hinchamos cómo globos para poder absorber todo lo que pillamos. Me enamora la economía de supervivencia de la flora, y de la fauna.
    Yo sabía que ibas a encontrar maravillas del desierto. Preciosa y volátil.
    Un abrazo fuerte

  • Mil gracias Rosa por tus lindas palabras.
    Esta flor si es una maravilla, como dices. Algo amigable entre tanta vegetación seca y espinosa.
    Un abrazote,

    – Richard G Witham

  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellover 4 years ago

    Fabulous work!!!!!!

  • Thank you so much for your wonderful comment :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • Edyta Magdalena Pelc
    Edyta Magdalen...over 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture and light,lovely background too!

  • Thank you Edyta for your wonderful comment.

    – Richard G Witham

  • Whitney Jacobs
    Whitney Jacobsover 4 years ago

    nicely done

  • Thank you Whitney :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • Luann Gingras
    Luann Gingrasover 4 years ago

    Spectacular image !!

  • Thank you Luann :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 4 years ago

    Just so beautiful

  • Thank you :-)

    – Richard G Witham

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