Taxon: Mimosa pudica L.

Genus: Mimosa
Family: Fabaceae (alt.Leguminosae)
  Subfamily: Mimosoideae
      Tribe: Mimoseae
Nomen number: 24405
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:518. 1753
Name Verified on: 12-May-2000 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 21-Mar-2006
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 6 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (as an experimental novelty fide Dict Gard)
  • Environmental: soil improver (fide Pl Res SEAs 4:168. 1992)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide Pl Res SEAs 12(1):349. 1999; CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (mainly in SE Asia fide Atlas WWeed)

Distributional Range:


    . probable origin neotropics


    . widely natzd. in tropics


    . also cult.


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Check other web resources for Mimosa pudica L. :

  • ILDIS: International Legume Database & Information Service
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.