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Plant Species of the genus Mimosa

Information about this genus
Name: Mimosa
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: They are best suited to a sunny position in well-drained moderately fertile soil with freedom from frost. Propagate from seed, usually pre-soaked in hot water, or cuttings taken from young growth.
Description: This genus allied to Acacia in the pea or bean family, Fabaceae, consists of around 480 species of herbs, shrubs, vines or trees. The majority of species are from South and Central America, southern USA, Asia and Africa, growing in habitats ranging from forest to dry savannah. The name comes from the Greek mimos, meaning ?to mimic?, because the movement of the leaves mimics animal movement. They have bipinnate leaves and often spiny stems. The miniature flowers can be white, pink or lilac and have long multiple stamens and 4 or 5 petals. They are borne singly or in stalked rounded heads, less frequently in spikes or racemes. The often prickly flat seeds split open when mature. Some species can be invasive weeds.

Specie Vernacular Zone
illinoensis
Mimosa pigra 10-12
Mimosa polycarpa 9-11
Mimosa pudica 10-12
nuttallii Nuttall's sensitive-briar
quadrivalvis



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