Taxon: Mimosa diplotricha C. Wright

Genus: Mimosa
Family: Fabaceae (alt.Leguminosae)
Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae
Tribe: Mimoseae
Nomen number: 313380
Place of publication: F. A. Sauvalle, Anales Acad. Ci. Méd. Habana 5:405. 1869 (Fl. cub. 34)
Link to protologue:
Comment: see Taxonomic Literature (TL-2) 5:79. 1985 for author
Name Verified on: 11-May-2000 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 13-Mar-2017
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9)
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • giant sensitive-plant  (Source: State Noxweed Seed) - English
  • dormideira  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • juquirí-rasteiro  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • malícia-de-mulher  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • sensitiva  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: erosion control (fide Pl Res SEAs 11:197. 1997)
  • Environmental: soil improver (fide Pl Res SEAs 11:197. 1997)
  • Animal food: forage (fide Mem NYBG 65:201. 1991)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Noxweed Aust, as M. invisa; L NWeeds Hawaii as M. invisa)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • Northern Mexico: Mexico San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas
    • Southern Mexico: Mexico Chiapas, Colima, Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacan, Nayarit, Tabasco, Veracruz, Yucatan
  • Southern America

    • Brazil: Brazil Amazonas, Goias, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Para, Parana, Rio de Janeiro, Santa Catarina, Sao Paulo
    • Caribbean: Cuba ; Haiti ; Jamaica ; Puerto Rico
    • Central America: Costa Rica ; El Salvador ; Guatemala ; Honduras ; Panama
    • Northern South America: French Guiana ; Guyana ; Venezuela
    • Southern South America: Paraguay
    • Western South America: Bolivia ; Colombia ; Ecuador ; Peru Huanuco

  • Naturalized

  • Africa

    • Africa
    • Western Indian Ocean: British Indian Ocean Terr Diego Garcia; Mauritius ; Mayotte ; Reunion
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Malesia: Indonesia ; Malaysia
    • Papuasia: Papua New Guinea ; Solomon Islands
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia
  • Pacific

    • Northwestern Pacific: Guam ; Micronesia ; Northern Mariana Islands ; Palau
    • South-Central Pacific: Cook Islands ; French Polynesia
    • Southwestern Pacific: American Samoa ; Fiji ; New Caledonia ; Niue ; Samoa ; Vanuatu ; Wallis and Futuna Islands

  • Cultivated


  • Barneby, R. C. 1987. A note on Mimosa invisa C. Martius ex Colla and M. invisa C. Martius (Mimosaceae) (Brittonia) 39:50.
  • Barneby, R. C. 1991. Sensitivae censitae: a description of the genus Mimosa Linnaeus (Mimosaceae) in the New World Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 65:200.
  • Bässler, M. 1985. Die Gattung Mimosa (Leguminosae - Mimosoideae) in Cuba Feddes Repert. 96:602.
  • Faridah Hanum, I. & L. J. G. van der Maesen, eds. 1997. Auxiliary plants (Pl Res SEAs) 11:197.
  • Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  • Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk (PIER): plant threats to Pacific ecosystems (on-line resource). (Pacif I Ecosyst Risk)
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
  • Pulle, A. A. et al., eds. Flora of Suriname. (F Suriname)
  • Reitz, R., ed. Flora ilustrada catarinense. (F SCatarin)
  • Seed Regulatory and Testing Division, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S.D.A. State noxious-weed seed requirements recognized in the administration of the Federal Seed Act (updated annually). (State Noxweed Seed)

Check other web resources for Mimosa diplotricha C. Wright :

  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • Flora del Conosur: Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares del Conosur
  • AVH: Australia's Virtual Herbarium
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • 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.