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Datasheet

Mimosa pudica (sensitive plant)

Summary

  • Last modified
  • 20 November 2017
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Invasive Species
  • Pest
  • Natural Enemy
  • Host Plant
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Mimosa pudica
  • Preferred Common Name
  • sensitive plant
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Plantae
  •     Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •       Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •         Class: Dicotyledonae

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Pictures

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PictureTitleCaptionCopyright
M. pudica in the field.
TitleGrowth habit
CaptionM. pudica in the field.
Copyright©S.D. Sawant
M. pudica in the field.
Growth habitM. pudica in the field.©S.D. Sawant
TitleLeaf
Caption
Copyright©Colin Wilson
Leaf©Colin Wilson
TitleStem and spines
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Copyright©Colin Wilson
Stem and spines©Colin Wilson
TitleSpines
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Copyright©Colin Wilson
Spines©Colin Wilson
TitleFlower and leaves
Caption
Copyright©Colin Wilson
Flower and leaves©Colin Wilson
TitleFlowers
Caption
CopyrightNOVARTIS
FlowersNOVARTIS
TitleFlowers
Caption
Copyright©Colin Wilson
Flowers©Colin Wilson
TitleSeed pods
Caption
Copyright©S.D. Sawant
Seed pods©S.D. Sawant
TitleSeed pods
Caption
Copyright©Colin Wilson
Seed pods©Colin Wilson
TitleSeed pods
Caption
Copyright©Colin Wilson
Seed pods©Colin Wilson

Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Mimosa pudica L.

Preferred Common Name

  • sensitive plant

International Common Names

  • English: action plant; dead-and-awake; humble plant; live-and-die; mimosa; shame bush; shame plant; touch-me-not
  • Spanish: dormidera; dormilona; espino; hierba púdica; mimosa vergonzosa; mirame y no me toques; zarza; zarza dormolona; zarzón
  • French: honteuse mâle; mimosa commun; mimosa pudique

Local Common Names

  • American Samoa: vao fefe; vao tuitui
  • Bangladesh: lajjabati; lajjabati lata
  • Brazil: dorme-dorme; dormilona; malicia; malicia de mulher; moriviví; ti-marie dormidera; vergonzosa
  • Cambodia: paklab; sampeas
  • Cook Islands: paope ãvare; pikika'a; rãkau 'avare; rãkau 'avarevare; rãkau pikika; rãkau pikika'a; tiare pikika'a; titã pikika'a
  • Cuba: dormidera
  • Dominican Republic: moriviví
  • Fiji: cogadrogadro
  • French Guiana: sensitive; sensitive epineuse
  • French Polynesia: pohe ha'avare; pope ha'avare; teitahakaia; tetahakina
  • Germany: Mimose, Gemeine; Sinnpflanze, Schamhafte
  • Guam: betguen sosa
  • Haiti: honte
  • India: lajja; lajjavathi; lajkuli; lajwanti; mutlamurike; thotta surungi; thottavadi
  • Indonesia: boedjang kajit; daven kagat-kaget; koetjingan; pis kucing; putri malu; si kejut
  • Indonesia/Java: kuchingan; randelik; ri sirepan
  • Italy: erba casta; sensitiva
  • Japan: ojigiso
  • Japan/Ryukyu Archipelago: Ojigi-Sô
  • Malaysia: Keman; Kembang gajah; Kemunchup; malu-malu; Melamu; Puteri malu; Rumput rimau; Semalu
  • Mexico: pinahul-huixtle; quecupatli; vergüenza
  • Micronesia, Federated states of: limemeihr; limemeirpwong (Pohnpei)
  • Nicaragua: dormidera
  • Niue: memege
  • Pakistan: chui mui; lajwanti
  • Palau: mechiuaiuu
  • Philippines: babain; huya-huya; kirom-kirom; makahiya; makahiyang babae; sipug-sipug; torog-torog; tuyag-tuyag
  • Samoa: vao fefe; vao tuitui
  • South Africa: humble plant; kruidjie-roer-my-nie; shame plant; shame weed
  • Sri Lanka: dedinnaru; nidi-kumba; thodda-chinunki; thoddal-vadi; thodda-vadi-kodi
  • Suriname: kruidje-roer-me-niet; sien sien; sjeng sjeng tap joe kotto; sjensjen
  • Taiwan: han hsui tsau; hau hsui tsau
  • Tanzania/Zanzibar: Kifyauwongo
  • Thailand: mai yarap; ra ngap; yaa pan yot
  • Tonga: mateloi
  • United States Virgin Islands: grishi grishi; gritchee; sensitive plant
  • USA/Hawaii: hilahila; pua hilahila; pua-hilahila; sleeping grass
  • Venezuela: dormidera
  • Vietnam: mäc cö

EPPO code

  • MIMPU (Mimosa pudica)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Plantae
  •         Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •             Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •                 Class: Dicotyledonae
  •                     Order: Fabales
  •                         Family: Fabaceae
  •                             Subfamily: Mimosoideae
  •                                 Genus: Mimosa
  •                                     Species: Mimosa pudica

Habitat List

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CategoryHabitatPresenceStatus
Freshwater
Irrigation channels Principal habitat Harmful (pest or invasive)
Littoral
Coastal dunes Present, no further details
Terrestrial-managed
Cultivated / agricultural land Secondary/tolerated habitat Harmful (pest or invasive)
Disturbed areas Secondary/tolerated habitat Harmful (pest or invasive)
Managed forests, plantations and orchards Secondary/tolerated habitat Harmful (pest or invasive)
Managed grasslands (grazing systems) Secondary/tolerated habitat Harmful (pest or invasive)
Rail / roadsides Secondary/tolerated habitat Harmful (pest or invasive)
Urban / peri-urban areas Secondary/tolerated habitat Harmful (pest or invasive)
Terrestrial-natural/semi-natural
Natural forests Principal habitat Harmful (pest or invasive)
Natural grasslands Principal habitat Harmful (pest or invasive)
Riverbanks Principal habitat Harmful (pest or invasive)

Climate

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ClimateStatusDescriptionRemark
Af - Tropical rainforest climate Preferred > 60mm precipitation per month
Am - Tropical monsoon climate Preferred Tropical monsoon climate ( < 60mm precipitation driest month but > (100 - [total annual precipitation(mm}/25]))
As - Tropical savanna climate with dry summer Tolerated < 60mm precipitation driest month (in summer) and < (100 - [total annual precipitation{mm}/25])
Aw - Tropical wet and dry savanna climate Tolerated < 60mm precipitation driest month (in winter) and < (100 - [total annual precipitation{mm}/25])
Cf - Warm temperate climate, wet all year Tolerated Warm average temp. > 10°C, Cold average temp. > 0°C, wet all year

Air Temperature

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Parameter Lower limit Upper limit
Mean annual temperature (ºC) 20 30
Mean maximum temperature of hottest month (ºC) 35
Mean minimum temperature of coldest month (ºC) 15

Rainfall

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ParameterLower limitUpper limitDescription
Dry season duration07number of consecutive months with <40 mm rainfall
Mean annual rainfall10005000mm; lower/upper limits

Rainfall Regime

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Summer
Uniform

Soil Tolerances

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Soil drainage

  • free
  • impeded

Soil reaction

  • acid
  • alkaline
  • neutral

Soil texture

  • heavy
  • light
  • medium

Special soil tolerances

  • shallow

Pathway Vectors

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VectorNotesLong DistanceLocalReferences
Aircraft Yes Yes
Germplasm Yes Yes
Livestock Yes
Machinery and equipment Yes
Soil, sand and gravel Yes