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Common name

English: Water mimosa

German: Wassermimose


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2167)

      Order: Fabales (241)

        Family: Fabaceae (241)(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

Check for Neptunia oleracea at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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