Mimosa pudica L.
- Common Name: Sensitive Plant
- Family: Fabaceae Juss.
- Country of Origin: Brazil
- Description: Native to Brazil, this short-lived evergreen subshrub is usually treated as an annual. It is grown for its curiosity value—the fern-like leaves close up and droop when touched, usually re-opening within minutes. It has prickly stems and small, fluffy, ball-shaped pink flowers in summer. It grows to a height and spread of around 3 ft (1 m). In some areas this plant is becoming a noxious weed.
- Uses: Medicinally- Antibiotic, antimicrobial, anti-neurasthenic, antispasmodic, diuretic, nervine, poison, sedative
- Culture: These frost-tender plants prefer full sun and moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Water well during the growing period, sparingly in winter. Propagate from seed although summer cuttings are also practical.
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Flowering Data:This accession has been observed in bloom on:
- Accession # 198500736
- Source: Smith Coll
- Accession Date: 12-31-1985
- Bench: 1324 - NEO:Amazonia B
- Qty: 2 confirmed on 12-05-2013
- Division: Magnoliophyta
- Class: Magnoliopsida
- SubClass: eurosid I
- Order: Fabales
- Family: Fabaceae
- SubFamily: Mimosoideae
- Tribe: Mimoseae
Botanica, Turner & Wasson, 1997, CD-ROM Version
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