Neptunia oleracea Lour.

Common name

English: Water mimosa

German: Wassermimose


Kingdom: Plantae (2505)

  Phylum: Magnoliophyta (2404)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2036)

      Order: Fabales (229)

        Family: Fabaceae (229) (family description)

          Genus: Neptunia (1)

           Epithet: oleracea Lour. (5)

Synonyms: Desmanthus lacustris Willd., Desmanthus natans Willd., Desmanthus stolonifer DC., Mimosa aquatica Pers., Mimosa lacustris Kunth, Mimosa prostrata Lam.

aquatica => living in water

lacustris => of lakes or ponds

natans => swimming, floating on water

oleracea => edible garden herb

prostrata => lying flat on the ground

stolonifer => spreading by stolons, with stems which grow at the soil surface or just below ground and root at the nodes


Climate: tropical

Habit: herb

Flower colour: yellow

External links

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