Mimosa turneri

(Desert Mimosa)


Mimosa turneri, River Road, Big Bend National Park 4588


Mimosa turneri, River Road, Big Bend National Park 4592

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
Description 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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