Desert Mimosa Plant Information
Desert Mimosa grows in the following 1 states:Texas
Mimosa turneri, the desert mimosa, is a perennial small- to medium-sized shrub that grows native to the lower 48 states of the U.S and is particularly abundant in Texas. It grows between 3.5 and 10feet tall and produces pink flowers. This plant is considered a weed that can grow invasively in moist soils.
This species grows as a small to medium-sized shrub that is localized on limestone soil that can range from 2200feet to 4000feet above sea level in the desert. This plant is deciduous and has a very high heat tolerance, allowing it to grow in very hot deserts. This plant species was a contained species that escaped and became invasive in the Florida, Texas and Mexico regions. These plants live in soil with high alkalinity.
The leaves of the desert mimosa resemble the fronds of a fern and consists of many leaflets that grow opposite of each other along the stem. The leaves are known as bipinnate. Leaflets can range from 9mm to 12mm and be 1.5mm wide at its widest point. Each leaf has about 12- 25 leaflets. Flowers are globe like clusters of thin petals. They contain stamens that are double the number of petals or equal which are often twice the lengths of the corolla. Anthers are small and the ovary is sessile.
Flowers of Mimosa turneri, are produced in globe-like clusters of pink flowers. They are round in shape and are compiled of thin, long pink fuzzy petals that protrude from the center of the flower. The flowers can range from 1.5cm - 2.5cm long. These flowers bloom during spring summer and fall.
The fruits produced by this plant are oblong or linear and are known as legumes or pods. Fruits contain ovate or flat seeds which are separated into 2 valves.
The desert mimosa is often used as food for cattle and livestock, as fuel, construction material as well as living fences that grow into barriers in the wild and can be used as decorative fences. The pink flowers of the mimosa make it a good ground cover for gardens.
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