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Mimosa pudica


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Fabaceae Family

Mimosa Genus
Other Names for this Plant

, Shameplant, Tickle-Me Plant, Mimosa, Sensitiva, Dorme, Dormidera, Humble Plant, Marie-honte, Mayhont, Morivivi, Honteuse, Sleeping Grass, Ti Mawi, Touch-Me-Not, Adormidera, Feuilles Honte, Honte, Quitem Tranquille, Memalu (modesty), Puteri Malu (modest princess)


Location

Native to South America, Brazil and Central America. It has been introduced to many other regions and is regarded as an invasive species in Tanzania, South Asia and South East Asia and many Pacific Islands. It is regarded as invasive in parts of Australia and is a declared weed in the Northern Territory, and Westernh Australia although not naturalized there. Control is recommended in Queensland. It has also been introduced to Nigeria, Seychelles, Mauritius and East Asia but is not regarded as invasive in those places. It also grows in parts of Florida & Louisiana, in the United States of America

Physical Description
The stem is erect in young plants, but becomes creeping or trailing with age. The stem is slender, branching, and sparsely-to-densely prickly, growing to a length of 1.5 m (5 ft). The leaves are bipinnately compound, with one or two pinnae pairs, and 10-26 leaflets per pinna. The petioles are also prickly. Pedunculate (stalked) pale pink or purple flower heads arise from the leaf axils. The globose to ovoid heads are 8-10 mm in diameter (excluding the stamens). On close examination, it is seen that the floret petals are red in their upper part and the filaments are pink to lavender. The fruit consists of clusters of 2-8 pods from 1-2 cm long each, these prickly on the margins. The pods break into 2-5 segments and contain pale brown seeds some 2.5 mm long. The flowers are pollinated by the wind and insects.


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Fabaceae
Bean Family
Fabales
Fabales
Order of Beans
NOX Clad
Nitrogen Bean Clad
Oxid-Faba
Fabidae
Bean-Like Class
Eurosids
Real Rose Class
Rosids
Rosids
Rose-Like Class
Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
Embryophytes
Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
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Plants
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

Medicinal Uses: In Ayurveda, the plant is described as a plant which folds itself when touched and spreads its leaves once again after a while. It is said to have a bitter and astringent taste, and has a history of use for the treatment of various ailments. Most commonly used is the root, but leaves, flowers, bark, and fruit can also be implemented.

According to Ayurveda, root is bitter, acrid, cooling, vulnerary, alexipharmic and used in treatment of biliousness, leprosy, dysentery, vaginal and uterine complaints, inflammations, burning sensation, fatigue, asthma, leucoderma, blood diseases etc. According to the Unani system of medicine, root is resolvent, alternative, useful in diseases arising from blood impurities and bile, bilious fevers, piles, jaundice, leprosy etc.

Food Uses: One cannot eat the plant since it is believed to be toxic if ingested

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Warning: Due to Mimonsine, an amino acid being present in all parts of this plant, it is toxic to Humans and other mammals. The dried plant is reportedly toxic to cattle.It is known to cause hair loss and depressed growth in mammals when consumed in massive quantities



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Comment: Sensitive Plant, Mimosa pudica

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Thunder
Thunder
June 24, 2010
I would rather err on the side of safety, and caution!
Thunder
Thunder
June 24, 2010
The first site you list in.gov fssa files PoisonousPlants.pdf

has it listed only as Sensitive Plant....no Scientific name...could confuse the issue
The second site you listed plantsciences.ucdavis.edu ce king PoisPlant SAFE-COM.htm does not come up currently when you try to go there
When I checked recently for toxicity

medicineatyourfeet.com mimosapudica.html They state "TOXICITY: There is some chronic toxicity. The dried plant is reportedly toxic to cattle."
herbalremedies.com mimosa-information.html They state "Mimosa Safety & Interaction Information

All parts of the Mimosa plant are toxic. Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing. Due to its toxicity, it is best to consult with your physician before using Mimosa."
bio.miami.edu mimosa mimosa.html They state "TOXIC:

All seed is sold for botanical preservation purposes only. All parts of this plant can be toxic and should not be ingested."
I include these Warnings for plants due to the fact that it may save someone grief! I am not a toxicologist, so muist rely on professional opinions, and obviously they are at odds on this opinion.

Thelma

Austin, Texas June 24, 2010
Mimosa pudica is not poisonous. Please confirm with the following U.S Government and University websites as evidence that Mimosa pudica plants are not poisonous
www.in.gov/fssa/files/PoisonousPlants.pdf The US Government lists the sensitive plant as a Safe Plant. Ingestion of hundred of pounds of this plant by cattle could produce some effects.
www.plantsciences.ucdavis.edu/ce/king/PoisPlant/SAFE-COM.htm UC Davis California University is one of the top research facilities lists the sensitive plant as safe.

www.ansci.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/db2www/plants.d2w/input if you put in mimosa pudica it does NOT come up as toxic.
This latest information shows that Mimosa pudica, aka senisitve plant tickleme plant and sleeping grass is not poisonous to people or cats and dogs. The plant is sometimes confused with the poisonous sensitve fern which is not related to Mimosa pudica.

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