African Plant Database

Mimosa pigra L.
Family : Mimosaceae
Protologue : Cent. Pl. I 13 (1755) 
Information on the genus : Mimosa
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for NA : accepted (naturalised-introduced)
Status for SA : accepted (naturalised-introduced)
Status for TA : accepted (indigenous)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Mimosa asperata L. (1759)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrub 0,6-3(-4,5) m tall, sometimes scandent or rambling; stems armed with broad-based prickles to 7 mm long, also usually ± appressed-setose; leaves sensitive.
Ecology : Swamps; especially along rivers and lake-shores; on sandy- or alluvial soils; forming dense thickets; 2-2000 m alt.
  Very common in the Paleotropics and Americas (from tropical Mexico and Cuba S to N Peru and NE Argentina).
  EL GHAZALI, G. E. B. & al. (1997). Intra-specific pollen polymorphism in Mimosa pigra (Mimosaceae). Grana 36: 279-283.
  Well-known widespread invasive species which is currently causing major land-use problems in several countries such as Australia and Thailand; a major pest. [see more in the book]
Biol./Eco : Shrub; Humid, Dry, Subarid; Thicket, Freshwater Wetland; 0-499 m, 500-999 m; distribution: Comoros, Mascarenes, Africa, New World,

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • BOUDET G. & J.P. LEBRUN (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16 : 133
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:261 (2012)
  • DARBYSHIRE, I. KORDOFAMI, M. & AL. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing : 196
  • CÉSAR J. & C. CHATELAIN (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména : 439

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Ethnobotany of the Kwanyama Ovambos : 100 (1985).

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • Med-Checklist 4: 149 (1989).
  • Fl. Egypt (Boulos) 1: 364 (1999).
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