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Mimosa aculeaticarpa var. biuncifera (Catclaw mimosa)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Mimosa aculeaticarpa var. biuncifera

Mimosa aculeaticarpa Ortega var. biuncifera (Benth.) Barneby

Catclaw Mimosa, Cat's-claw Mimosa, Wait-a-bit

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Synonym(s): Mimosa biuncifera, Mimosa biuncifera var. glabrescens, Mimosa biuncifera var. lindheimeri, Mimosa lindheimeri, Mimosa warnockii, Mimosopsis biuncifera


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A shrub closely resembling Pink Mimosa (Mimosa borealis). Occasional in open, unshaded areas. Branchlets armed with recurved prickles that catch on clothing. Leaves twice pinnately compound with up to 8 pairs of leaflet bearing axes, and as many as 12 or more pairs of leaflets per axis. Leaflets about 1/8 inch long. Flowers small, pinkish, in fluffy, spherical clusters, appearing in April. Fruit a dry, flat pod, light brown to reddish brown, up to 1 1/2 inches long, with recurved prickles on the edges.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Bipinnate
Fruit Type: Legume

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: Creamy.




Interesting Foliage: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX

Research Literature

Reslit 2886 - Legumes of the United States. IV. Mimosa (1971) Duane Isely

This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resources

USDA: Find Mimosa aculeaticarpa var. biuncifera in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Mimosa aculeaticarpa var. biuncifera in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Mimosa aculeaticarpa var. biuncifera


Record Modified: 2018-04-30
Research By: TWC Staff

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