Mimosa borealis

(Fragrant Mimosa)


Mimosa borealis, Pace Bend Park, Travis Co. 7535


Mimosa borealis, Pace Bend Park, Travis Co. 7527


Mimosa borealis, Pace Bend Park, Travis Co. 7530


Mimosa borealis, Pace Bend Park, Travis Co. 7565

Scientific Name Mimosa borealis USDA PLANTS Symbol MIBO2
Common Name Fragrant Mimosa, Pink Mimosa ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 26783
Family Fabaceae (Pea) Texas A&M Reference Click Here
Description Habitat: Dry soils in brushy areas, flats and hillsides.
Plant: Rounded, much-branched shrub 3 to 6 feet tall; slightly zig-zagging stems have ridges and sparse single recurved prickles.
Leaves: Bi-pinnately compound with 2 to 3 pairs of primary leaflets and 3 to 6 pairs of secondary leaflets, oblong to ovate, each about 1/8 to 1/4-inch long.
Inflorescence: Dense white to pink, ball-shaped inflorescence about 1/2-inch in diameter with many very small individual flowers each with 5 petals and 8 to 11 protruding stamens with dark pink filaments, aging lighter and yellow to pinkish anthers.
Bloom Period: March to May.
Fruit: Fruit pod less than 1/4-inch long, with a few prickles on lower edge.
References: Vascular Plants of Williamson County, "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist, and "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
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