Mimosa pudica 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Fabales Fabaceae

Scientific Name: Mimosa pudica L.
Common Name(s):
English Sensitive Plant

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2010-08-19
Assessor(s): Groom, A.
Reviewer(s): Hilton-Taylor, C.
Mimosa pudica is very widespread in Central America, South America and the Caribbean. This taxon is known to occur within a number of protected areas throughout the species range and seeds have been collected and stored by the Millennium Seed Bank Project as a method of ex situ conservation. It is common and not considered to be threatened or in decline. This taxon is therefore rated as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Mimosa pudica is widespread in Central America, northern South America and the Caribbean. This taxon has also been introduced to many countries around the world.
Countries occurrence:
Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Belize; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Saba, Sint Eustatius); Brazil; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Curaçao; Dominica; Ecuador; El Salvador; French Guiana; Guadeloupe; Guatemala; Guyana; Honduras; Jamaica; Martinique; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Peru; Puerto Rico; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Martin (French part); Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Sint Maarten (Dutch part); Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Virgin Islands, British; Virgin Islands, U.S.
Australia; Bangladesh; British Indian Ocean Territory; Cambodia; Cameroon; Cayman Islands; China; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Fiji; Gabon; Gambia; India; Indonesia; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Kenya; Liberia; Malawi; Malaysia; Maldives; Mauritius; Nepal; Nigeria; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Sao Tomé and Principe; Senegal; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; Singapore; South Africa; Sudan; Taiwan, Province of China; Tanzania, United Republic of; Thailand; Togo; Uganda; Viet Nam; Zimbabwe
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):1700
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:This taxon is considered to be common.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:M. pudica inhabits thickets, savannas, roadsides in pine or oak-pine forest.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Mimosa pudica is widely used in horticulture.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This taxon is not considered to be threatened or in decline.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This taxon is known to occur within the protected areas network and seeds have been collected and stored by the Millennium Seed Bank Project.

Citation: Groom, A. 2012. Mimosa pudica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T175208A20112058. . Downloaded on 23 September 2018.
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