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I saw some flowers growing by the roadside today, and was wondering about the species of this plant.

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The plant also appeared to be fruiting, and it produced small fruits that formed small clusters.

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  • $\begingroup$ Looks it belong to subfamily Mimosoideae under family Fabaceae $\endgroup$ – Always Confused Aug 9 '16 at 13:46
  • $\begingroup$ the long red rays seems their stamen $\endgroup$ – Always Confused Aug 9 '16 at 13:49
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This is called "Red Powder Puff" or botanically Calliandra haematocephala. See the images (from the Wikipedia article):

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What you identified as the fruit appears to be the buds:

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Some more information can be found here.

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