Family: Mimosoideae / Mimosaceae
Common Name: Makahiya, Bashful Mimosa, Sensitive Plant
Origin: introduced from tropical America
- “The leaflets fold together in the early evening and reopens at sunrise. It is called bashful or sensitive because the leaflets fold together on touching, warming and shaking. The phenomenon is called seismonastic movement due to a rapid change in turgor pressure and changes in membrane permeability in the pulvini cells in the leaf regions with rapid movement of calcium ions. At night, the leaves also fold and bend, termed nyctonastic movements (reaction to absence of light).”
- “When the leaflets fold together on touching, they reopen in about 10 minutes.”
- This is a very common weed in the Philippines and known to most children who love to touch the leaves to make them close!
weeds and other plants
4 thoughts on “Makahiya”
This mimosa is of different species, i used to call it mimosa too, but later changed. However, i forgot, it’s in my later posts on Mimosa though, already searched a lot.
Ok, will check your blog.
Hi Sylvia, How may I contact you, Just need to ask permission to use/borrow one of your photos for my reference, Thank you!
You can use it as a reference. Thanks for asking.