Mimosa sensitiva L.

Family: Leguminosae

Genus: Mimosa


From Bot. Reg. The appellation of "the sensitive plant" having long since been very generally transferred in our gardens from the present species to the Mimosa pudica or "humble plant," a small annual that occurs in almost every collection, where tender annuals are cultivated; this article may serve to recall to our readers the original owner of that name; a plant rarely seen in this country... The species is marked in the Hortus Kewensis for biennial. Its stem is woody and brittle, and sometimes acquires the height of 8 feet; but must have support.


Native to Brazil and Peru and introduced to England in 1733.

First published in Sp. Pl. 1: 518 in 1753.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 1: 25 in 1815.

From Bot. Reg. Native of the Brazils. Introduced in 1733 by Dr. Houston.

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