Mimosa Pudica Nicole chun 9c1

Scientific name: Mimosa pudica L.Common name: sensitive plant, touch-me-not plant, humble plant, shameful plant (English); for further common names see 'What's in a name?' section below.

Conservation status: Not considered to be threatened, pretty common

Habitat: Open waste ground within tropical vegetation in its native range.

Key Uses: Grown as an ornamental, its touch-sensitive leaves create interest among adults and children alike, helping to inspire interest in plant life generally. It has many traditional medicinal uses.

Known hazards: Contains the alkaloid mimosine a hydroxamino acid of aromatic nature, which in large doses is toxic to humans and animals. The plant stem is armed with sharp prickles.

Did you know?

When you touch the leaves of the mimosa pudica, the leaves shrivel and close temporarily. This is because water within the cells and other cell contents apply a certain amount of force against the cell walls of the plant; this is called turgor pressure. It is due to turgor pressure that the leaves of this plant stay upright unless disturbed externally. Now, when you touch or shake the leaves (known as seismonastic movements), the swollen base of the leaf stalk (called the ‘pulvinus’), which contains certain contractile proteins, is activated.

Did you know?

Mimosa produces pink or purple globular flowerheads that consist of large number of individual flowers. Flowers have fluffy appearance due to large number of purple stamens.

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