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The term "Pirakansa" means "firethorn" in Japanese, and it is used to refer to a group of plants that belong to the Pyracantha genus. These plants are often used for bonsai because they produce attractive white flowers in spring and colorful berries in autumn and winter. The most common species of Pirakansa in bonsai are Tokiwakanzashi (Pyracantha angustifolia) and Tachibanamodoki (Pyracantha crenulata), which have different colors and shapes of berries. Pirakansa bonsai require careful watering, especially during the flowering and fruiting seasons, and they can be propagated by cutting or layering techniques.

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