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  Mimosa pudica L.
  Family Name : Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

  Common Names : Sensitive Plant, Touch-me-not, Shame Plant, Live-and-die, Humble Plant, Action Plant, Rumput Simalu, Mimosa, Malu-malu

  Chinese Name : 含羞草

Sensitive Plant,Touch-me-not,Shame Plant,Live-and-die,Humble Plant,Action Plant,Rumput Simalu,Mimosa,Malu-malu
  • Record Info
    • Featured in '1001 Garden Plants in Singapore' Book (2ed) :
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Tropical America
      Native Habitat :
      Terrestrial (Disturbed Area / Open Ground)
      Preferred Climate Zone :
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Herb with creeping growth habit.
      Foliage: Bipinnate leaves are composed of about 5 oblong pinnae. Each pinnae is made up of  15 - 20 pairs of oblong pinnules (0.5 cm long). The leaves fold and bend at night and upon being touched. A gentle touch will cause only the pairs of pinnules to fold, whereas a forceful touch will cause the entire leaf to droop from the base of the petiole. Leaves that have been stimulated to fold by touching require about 30 minutes to unfold. The touch-induced leaf movements may be an adaptation to deter herbivores.
      Flowers: Pompom-shaped flowers (0.5 - 1 cm wide) are composed of hundred of thin strand-like petals. Small clusted or 5 - 8 flowers are borne in the leaf axils.
      Cultivation :
      Although this species is often considered a weed in Singapore, it is sometimes grown in containers for its interesting ability to fold its leaves when touched. It should be planted in fertile, well-drained soil that is kept moist. Feed plants weekly with a half-strength, balanced fertilizer. Plants grow and flower best when slight rootbound, but re-pot them when roots have emerged from the drainage holes. Plants become unsightly after about a year, and new plants should be started if desired. Propagate by seeds.
      Etymology :
      The genus "Mimosa" is Greek for mimic, and the specific epithet "pudica" is Latin for shy or shrinking. The genus and specific epithet both refer to how the leaves fold when touched.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Medicinal (A child is bathed in a decoction of the plant or a small branch placed under his pillow whenever there is difficulty in sleeping. Such practices, seen in Malaysia and Indonesia, originated from the 'sleeping' movement of the plant when touched. The pounded leaves are applied to swellings. In the Philippines, the leaves are soaked in coconut oil and placed on wounds and ulcers. It is also used to treat asthma.)
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Dry Soils / Drought, Easy to Grow
      Landscape Uses :
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Associated Fauna :
      Caterpillar Food Plant, Bee-Attracting
      Pollination Method(s) :
      Biotic (Fauna) (Insects (Bee); Vertebrates (Other Mammal); Vertebrates (Human)), Abiotic (Wind; Water)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Little Water
      Maintenance Requirements :
      Propagation Method :
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) :
      Young Flush Texture(s) :
      Foliar Type :
      Compound (Even-Pinnate)
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Foliar Attachment to Stem :
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Oblong)
      Foliar Venation :
      Pinnate / Net
      Foliar Margin :
      Pinnately Lobed / Pinnatifid
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)
  • Non-Foliar & Storage
    • Stem Type & Modification :
      Root Type :
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flowering Period :
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :
      Fruit Type :
      Dehiscent Dry Fruit (Legume / Pod)
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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