Mimosa sensitiva L.


Family: Leguminosae

Genus: Mimosa

Description: 

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.

History: 

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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