Scientific Name: Mimosa dysocarpa
Common Names: Velvetpod Mimosa, Velvet Pod Mimosa, Gatuño, Gatuno
Duration: Perennial, Deciduous
Growth Habit: Shrub
Arizona Native Status: Native
Habitat: Desert (upper elevation), Upland
Flower Color: Light pink to dark pink
Flowering Season: Summer
Height: To 6 feet (1.8 m) tall
Description: The flowers are clustered on brush-like, cylindrical flower spikes. Each individual flower in the cluster has 10, 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) long stamens. The flowers are followed by velvety bean pods. The leaves are bipinnately compound with paired, green leaflets. The branches have large, sharp thorns.
Allergenic – The pollen is a mild allergen.
Butterfly Plant – The flowers attract butterflies.
Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Family: Fabaceae – Pea family
Genus: Mimosa L. – sensitive plant
Species: Mimosa dysocarpa Benth. – velvetpod mimosa
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