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Sensitive Plant
Mimosa pudica foliage and flower-heads
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Tribe: Mimoseae
Genus: Mimosa

About 400 species, see text.

Mimosa is a genus of about 400 species of herbs and shrubs, in the subfamily Mimosoideae of the legume family Fabaceae. There are two species in the genus that are notable. First the Mimosa pudica because of the way it folds its leaves when touched or exposed to heat. It is native to southern Mexico, Central America and South America but is widely cultivated elsewhere for its curiosity value, both as an indoor plant in temperate areas, and outdoors in the tropics. Outdoor cultivation has led to weedy invasion in some areas, notably Hawaii. Second, the Mimosa tenuiflora, which is best known for its use in shamanic ayahuasca brews due to the psychedelic drug DMT found in its root bark.



The genus Mimosa has had a tortuous history, having gone through periods of splitting and lumping, ultimately accumulating over 3,000 names, many of which have either been synonymized under other species or transferred to other genera. In part due to these changing circumscriptions, the name "Mimosa" has also been applied to several other related species with similar pinnate or bipinnate leaves but now classified in other genera, most commonly to Albizia julibrissin (Silk Tree) and Acacia dealbata (Silver Wattle).


Members of this genus are among the few plants capable of rapid movement; examples outside of Mimosa include the Telegraph plant, and the Venus Flytrap. Mimosa can be distinguished from the large related genera, Acacia and Albizia, since its flowers have 10 or fewer stamens. Note that, botanically, what appears to be a single globular flower is actually a cluster of many individual ones.


Mimosa hamanta in Hyderabad, India.
Mimosa prior to a touch
Mimosa with folded-in leaves immediately after a touch

There are about 400 species including:

  • Mimosa aculeaticarpa Ortega
  • Mimosa arenosa (Willd.) Poir.
  • Mimosa asperata L.
  • Mimosa borealis Gray
  • Mimosa casta L.
  • Mimosa ceratonia L.
  • Mimosa diplotricha C.Wright ex Sauvalle
  • Mimosa dysocarpa Benth.
    • Mimosa dysocarpa var. dysocarpa Benth.
  • Mimosa emoryana Benth.
  • Mimosa grahamii Gray
    • Mimosa grahamii var. grahamii Gray
  • Mimosa hostilis
  • Mimosa hystricina (Small ex Britt. et Rose) B.L.Turner
  • Mimosa latidens (Small) B.L. Turner
  • Mimosa laxiflora Benth.
  • Mimosa malacophylla Gray
  • Mimosa microphylla Dry.
  • Mimosa nuttallii (DC.) B.L. Turner
  • Mimosa pellita Kunth ex Willd.
  • Mimosa pigra L.
    • Mimosa pigra var. pigra L.
  • Mimosa pudica L. - La sensitive
  • Mimosa quadrivalvis L.
    • Mimosa quadrivalvis var. hystricina (Small) Barneby
  • Mimosa roemeriana Scheele
  • Mimosa rupertiana B.L. Turner
  • Mimosa scabrella Benth.
  • Mimosa schomburgkii Benth.
  • Mimosa somnians
  • Mimosa strigillosa Torr. et Gray
  • Mimosa tenuiflora (Willd.) Poir. (= Mimosa hostilis)
  • Mimosa texana (Gray) Small
  • Mimosa turneri Barneby
  • Mimosa verrucosa


  • Barneby, R.C. 1992. Sensitivae Censitae: A description of the genus Mimosa Linnaeus (Mimosaceae) in the New World. Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden, vol. 65.

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Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

Mimosa pudica
See also mimosa



Proper noun

Wikipedia has an article on:



  1. (botany) A taxonomic genus, within the tribe Mimoseae — the mimosas.
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Proper noun




  1. The star Beta Crucis.


  • Becrux



Proper noun


  1. A female given name of modern usage, from the plant.



Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From Wikispecies

Mimosa polycarpa


Classification System: APG II (down to family level)

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiospermae
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordo: Fabales
Familia: Fabaceae
Subfamilia: Mimosoideae
Tribus: Mimoseae
Genus: Mimosa
Species: M. aculeaticarpa - M. acutistipula - M. adpressa - M. affinis - M. albida - M. arenosa - M. artemisiana - M. asperata - M. bahamensis - M. bimucronata - M. blanchettii - M. brachycarpa - M. caesalpiniifolia - M. calodendron - M. camporum - M. casta - M. ceratonia - M. debilis - M. diplotricha - M. distachya - M. distans - M. dolens - M. dormiens - M. dysocarpa - M. emoryana - M. ephedroides - M. farinosa - M. filipes - M. flagellaris - M. flocculosa - M. grahamii - M. guilandinae - M. hamata - M. incana - M. invisa - M. laticifera - M. luisana - M. malacophylla - M. mensicola - M. myriadena - M. nuda - M. ophthalmocentra - M. orthocarpa - M. palmeri - M. pellita - M. pigra - M. polyantha - M. polycarpa - M. polydactyla - M. pudica - M. quadrivalvis - M. ramulosa - M. rubicaulis - M. rufescens - M. scabrella - M. schomburgkii - M. sensibilis - M. sensitiva - M. skinneri - M. somnians - M. strigillosa - M. tenuiflora - M. tricephala - M. uliginosa - M. uraguensis - M. velloziana - M. verrucosa - M. xanthocentra


Mimosa L.

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  • Species Plantarum 1: 516-523. 1753.
  • USDA: GRIN Species Records of Mimosa[1]

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