9 responses to “Mimosa pudica”

  1. Nadia

    I wish we have this at UBC Botanical garden

  2. Calochilus

    A related species, Mimosa pigra is now a significant weed in tropical Australia

  3. Mandy Macdonald

    In Central America this is often called ‘dormilona’, Spanish for ‘sleepyhead’.

  4. Albertine Ellis-Adam

    As a little girl, living on the island of Java, I amused myself with bringing to sleep the Mimosa pudica plants growing as a weed in my grandmothers garden. Later, a biology student in Amsterdam, I met this old friend in the hothouse of the botanical garden. I was surprised and disappointed that its reaction to touch was so incomparably slow.

    Grasses expand and fold the braches of their panicles by a group of cells in the axils.

  5. Larry Ayers

    This plant resembles Mimosa microphylla, formerly known as Schrankia uncinata, the Cat-claw Sensitive Briar. It’s a characteristic plant of tallgrass prairies and savannas in the Midwest and Great Plains. It twines most fetchingly around Big Bluestem stalks.

  6. Tracey

    This is a roadside weed in Trinidad as well. The leaf response was delightful when I saw this for the first time!

  7. Steve Edler

    Nadia. As a child in England, My mum grew this for me in pots. Then we did the same for our children. It’s ever so easy to grow & the seeds are sold by many seed merchants.

  8. Peony Fan

    Beautiful photo!

  9. Denis

    I always wondered if the purpose of this adaptation was to protect the leaves from the heavy rains of the tropics. If so, I wonder why other species didn’t evolve the adaptation, even one that close up at night (presumably to conserve moisture).

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