Mimosa pudica

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Mimosa pudica L.
  • Common Name : Touch-Me-Not, Sensitive Plant, Lajamani
  • Plant Family : Mimosaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 15, 21, 30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park, Van Chetana Kendra

About Mimosa pudica Plant :

  • Habit : A diffuse undershrub, armed with prickles.
  • Leaves : Sensitive, digitate, stipules linear-lanceolate, leaflets 12-20 pairs, linear-oblong.
  • Inflorescence : Globose head.
  • Flowers :
    • Pink, peduncles prickly.
    • Calyx very small.
    • Corolla pink, lobes 4, ovate oblong.
    • Stamens 4, much exserted, anthers not gland-crested.
    • Ovary sessile, ovules many.
  • Fruit : Pods curved, moniliform, 3-5 seeded.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : September-October
  • Significance : Common everywhere and cultivated in the gardens.