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Mimosa pudica (shameplant; Sensitive Grass; Sensitive Plant; Shame Plant; Shame Weed; Dormideira; Dormilona; Cierra Tus Puertas; Cierrate Puta; Cogadrogadro; Dormidera; Feuilles L'Endormi; Herbe Sensible; Honte; Malicia; Maria-feche-a-porta; Mori Vivi; Mouri Leve; Naupate; Nidi-kumba; Pohe H'avare; Pope Haavare; Puta Vieja; Sansib; Sensitiva; Sensitive; Shame Bush; Shame Face; Shame Lady; Tottal-vadi; Trompe la Mort; Vergonzosa; Verguenza; Vivi-mori; Zarza Dormilona)

Synonyms: Eburnax pudica (homotypic); Mimosa pudica f. hispidior

Wikipedia Abstract

Mimosa pudica (from Latin: pudica "shy, bashful or shrinking"; also called sensitive plant, sleepy plant, Dormilones or shy plant) is a creeping annual or perennial herb of the pea family Fabaceae often grown for its curiosity value: the compound leaves fold inward and droop when touched or shaken, defending themselves from harm, and re-open a few minutes later. The species is native to South America and Central America, but is now a pantropical weed. It can also be found in Asia in countries such as Thailand, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, and Jamaica. It grows mostly in undisturbed shady areas, under trees or shrubs.
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Invasive Species

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Allergen Potential [1]  Medium-Low
Lifespan [2]  Annual/Perennial
Structure [3]  Shrub

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1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture
3Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
4Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
5Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
6Feeding Ecology of Rose-Ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri in Polonnaruwa, Sarath.W.Kotagama, G.M.Dunnet, Siyoth Vol. 2(2): 50-55 (2007)
7Review of the Neotropical species of the family Pterophoridae, part I: Ochyroticinae, Deuterocopinae, Pterophorinae (Platyptiliini, Exelastini, Oxyptilini) (Lepidoptera), C. Gielis, Zool. Med. Leiden 80 (2006)
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