Botanical name: Mimosa rubicaulis Family: Mimosaceae (Touch-me-not family)
Himalayan Mimosa is a large straggling shrub which is very prickly. It sports long clusters of many pink spherical flower-heads which are 1-1.5 cm across. The flowers fade to white - so, at any time the clusters sport both pink and white flower-heads. Leaves are doubke-compound, 8-15 cm long, with thorny rachis. Leaves have 3-12 pairs of side-stalks, each with 6-15 pairs of tiny oblong leaflets 4-8 mm. Pods are thin, flat, curved, 8-13 cm long, 1 cm wide, breaking into 4-10 rectangular 1-seeded units, leaving the remains of the pod attached to the shoot. It is considered useful for hedges. The wood is suitable for tent pegs and for making gunpowder charcoal. Roots and leaves are used medicinally. Himalayan Mimosa is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to Bhutan, at altitudes of 300-1900 m. Flowering: June-September.
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