Description of the genus
Herbs or shrubs; stems armed with prickles. Leaves 2-pinnate, sensitive (in ours). Inflorescences of ovoid or subspherical heads which are axillary or arranged in clusters. Flowers bisexual or male. Calyx very small. Corolla gamopetalous, (3-)4(-6)-lobed. Pods flat, bristly or prickly (in ours), splitting transversely into 1-seeded segments.
Worldwide: 480 species in tropical and warm regions, especially America
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Other sources of information about Mimosa:Flora of Zimbabwe
(electronic Plant Information Center): MimosaFlora Zambesiaca
web site: MimosaGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for MimosaIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): MimosaKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Stefaan Dondeyne 2007-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Dondeyne, S.
. Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Mimosa.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=670, retrieved 26 May 2013