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Common name

English: Giant Sensitive Plant


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2167)

      Order: Fabales (241)

        Family: Fabaceae (241)(family description)

          Genus: Mimosa (8)

            Epithet: pigra Linnaeus (1)

Synonyms: Mimosa brasiliensis Niederl., Mimosa canescens Willd., Mimosa ciliata Willd., Mimosa hispida Willd., Mimosa polyacantha Willd.

brasiliensis => of Brazilian origin

canescens => greyish-white, hoary

ciliata => fringed, as with eyelashes

hispida => with stiff hairs or bristles

pigra => lazy


Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: violet

External links

Check for Mimosa pigra at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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