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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 516. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
General/Distribution: A genus with about 600 species, mostly from tropics and subtropics.


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Trees shrubs or herbs, mostly armed; leaves bipinnate; secondary rachides mostly 2-stipellate. Inflorescence globose head or cylindric spike. Flowers small, sessile 6-3-merous. Calyx usually minute. Petals more or less connate. Stamens double the number of petals or equal, free, often twice as long as the corol¬la; anthers small, eglandular. Ovary usually sessile, 2 or more ovuled; style fill form. Fruit oblong or linear, usually plano-compressed, valves 2, separating from the persistent margins. Seeds ovate or orbicular, flat.

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1 Pinnae more than 2 pairs (2)
+ +Pinnae 1-2 pairs (crowded at the end of the rachis so as to appear digitate). Mimosa pudica
2 (1) Rachis 10-23 cm long, pinnae 5-12 pairs; sutures of pod generally not prickly or with only a few prickles, pod glabrous Mimosa himalayana
+ Rachis 1.2-5.5 cm long, pinnae 3-6 pairs; sutures of pod prickly, pod velvety Mimosa hamata

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