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Mimosa rupertiana (Eastern sensitive plant)
Anderson, Wynn

Mimosa rupertiana

Mimosa rupertiana B.L. Turner

Eastern Sensitive Plant

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Synonym(s): Leptoglottis occidentalis, Mimosa occidentalis, Mimosa quadrivalvis var. occidentalis, Morongia occidentalis, Schrankia occidentalis

USDA Symbol: miru5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The paired leaflets close upward against each other when touched.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Stems arching to prostrate, up to about 30 inches long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Pink to pinkish purple.


USA: CO , KS , NM , OK , TX

Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Webref 11 - Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness (2012) Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences & the Dale A. Zimmerman Herbarium

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 rupertiana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Mimosa rupertiana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Mimosa rupertiana


Record Modified: 2022-11-15
Research By: TWC Staff

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