|Scientific Name||Mimosa turneri (Mimosa zygophylla)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||MITU|
|Common Name||Desert Mimosa||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||503839|
|Family||Fabaceae (Pea)||Texas A&M Reference||Click Here|
Habitat: Dry desert habitats in limestone or sandy soils, along washes and gullies.
Plant: Straggling branched shrub, 3 to 6 feet tall; branches with numerous recurved prickles; branches streaked with broad, dark lines.
Leaves: Bi-pinnately compound with 1 or 2 pairs of primary leaflets further divided into 1 or 2 pairs of small secondary leaflets; smooth, almost hairless.
Inflorescence: Dense ball-shaped inflorescence about 1/2-inch across with many very small individual flowers each with 5 petals and 8 to 10 protruding stamens with pink filaments and yellow anthers.
Bloom Period: May to July.
Fruit: Fruit pod 3/8 to 1-3/16 inches long and 1/4-inch or less across, relatively smooth with a few prickles along the edges.
References: Mimosa zygophylla in "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and "Little Big Bend" by Roy Morey.
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