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Mimosa pudica (TickleMe Plant)

Common name: TickleMe Plant 含羞草

Family: Fabaceae 豆科

Sub-family: Mimosoideae 含羞草亞科

Origin: Brazil

Location: Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens

 

The Sensitive plant (Mimosa pudica L.) is a creeping annual or perennial herb often grown for its curiosity value: the compound leaves fold inward and droop when touched, re-opening within minutes.

 

The stem is erect in young plants, but becomes creeping or trailing with age. The stem is slender, branching, and sparsely to densely prickly, growing to a length of 1.5 m (5 ft). The leaves are bipinnately compound, with one or two pinnae pairs, and 10-26 leaflets per pinna. The petioles are also prickly. Pedunculate (stalked) pale pink or purple flower heads arise from the leaf axils. The globose to ovoid heads are 8-10 mm in diameter (excluding the stamens). On close examination, it is seen that the floret petals are red in their upper part and the filaments are pink to lavender. The fruit consists of clusters of 2-8 pods from 1-2 cm long each, these prickly on the margins. The pods break into 2-5 segments and contain pale brown seeds some 2.5 mm long.

 

[性味功能]

1. 甘、澀,涼。有小毒。清熱利尿,化痰止咳,安神止痛。《全國中草藥匯編》

2. 味甘、澀、微苦,性微寒,小毒。《中華本草》

 

[主治]

感冒,小兒高熱,急性結膜炎,支氣管炎,肝炎,胃炎,腸炎,失眠,小兒疳積,目赤腫痛,結膜炎,帶狀疱疹,水腫,勞傷咳血,鼻衄,血尿,癰腫,泌尿系結石,瘧疾,神經衰弱;外用治跌打腫痛,瘡瘍腫毒。

 

Ref: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensitive_plant

www.botany.hawaii.edu/faculty/carr/mimos.htm

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_genera_in_Mimosoideae

www.hulu.com.tw/tfd/Mimosa_1H.htm

 

 

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Taken on October 18, 2007