The buds of the Powderpuff Tree are so tightly clenched that they almost resemble berries. The transformation of the buds unfurling almost one stamen at a time to become flowers is particularly eye-catching.
Although this tree (Barringtonia racemosa) occurs in the wild along the edges of swamps, it does very well in our garden and even tolerates periods of drought. When fully open the small flower petals surround an ostentatious puff of pale pink showy stamens.
Posted in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge with the theme ‘transformation’. Find other images on this theme here
Posted by Carol