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(family Fabaceae, subfamily Mimosoideae)

A genus mainly of herbs and shrubs, in which the stipules are sometimes thorn-like. The leaves are multipinnate. M. pudica (the sensitive plant) has leaflets that droop on shaking. M. invisa is a noxious weed. There are about 400 species, occurring in the tropics, mainly in America.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.

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