Mimosa pigra L.

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Mimosa pigra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road no4, Gorongosa National Park

Mimosa pigra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo House, Gorongosa National Park

Mimosa pigra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo House, Gorongosa National Park

Mimosa pigra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo House, Gorongosa National Park

Mimosa pigra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo House, Gorongosa National Park

Mimosa pigra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Urema floodplain, Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms: Mimosa asperata L.
Mimosa pellita sensu Brenan
Common names: Giant sensitive plant (English)
Frequency: Locally common in the Zambezi valley
Status: Introduced
Shrub, sometimes scrambling. Stems and branches armed with short, broad, slightly curved thorns. Leaves sensitive, twice compound with 6-14 pairs of pinnae with a slender spine on the rhachis between each pair. Flowers in subspherical heads, c. 1 cm in diameter, in the upper leaf axils, mauve or pink. Pods in clusters, covered in golden-brown, bristly hairs.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: On sandbanks and alluvial soils near rivers, lakes floodplains and swamps.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1200 m
Flowering time:Dec - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Native to tropical America (Mexico and Cuba to N Peru and NE Argentina) and now a pantropical invasive species.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 24 May 2006

Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 48 - 49. (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 186 - 187. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 215.

Henderson, L. (2001). Alien weeds and invasive plants Plant Protection Research Institute Handbook No. 12. Plant Protection Research Institute, Agricultural Research Council, S Africa. Page 119. (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 75. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 69.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 210.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Mimosa pigra
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West African Plants database: Mimosa pigra

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Mimosa pigra.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=126290, retrieved 6 February 2016

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