3449.000 Mimosa L.

Description of the genus

Herbs or shrubs; stems armed with prickles. Leaves 2-pinnate, sensitive (in ours). Inflorescences of ovoid or subspherical heads which are axillary or arranged in clusters. Flowers bisexual or male. Calyx very small. Corolla gamopetalous, (3-)4(-6)-lobed. Pods flat, bristly or prickly (in ours), splitting transversely into 1-seeded segments.

Worldwide: 480 species in tropical and warm regions, especially America

Malawi: 4 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Ericeia inangulata (Sober Tabby)
Mimosa pigra

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
diplotricha C. Wright ex Sauvalle var. diplotricha
mossambicensis Brenan[NrEnd]S
pigra L.N,C,SDescription, Image
pudica L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Mimosa:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Mimosa
Flora of Caprivi: Mimosa
Flora of Mozambique: Mimosa
Flora of Zambia: Mimosa
Flora of Zimbabwe: Mimosa
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Mimosa

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Mimosa
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Mimosa
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Mimosa
Wikipedia: Mimosa
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Mimosa
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Mimosa

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Mimosa.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=670, retrieved 24 March 2023

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