Mimosa microphylla Dry. - Sensitive Briar
Family - Fabaceae
Leaflets 5 seconds after being touched.
Flowering - June - September.
Habitat - Sandhills, flatwoods, hammocks, open woods, fields, roadsides.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This interesting species can be found throughout Alabama. The plant is easy to identify becasue of its pom-pom inflorescences, prickly stems, and sensitive leaflets. The leaflets fold together immediately after being disturbed and usually unfold about 3-5 minutes later.
Photographs taken off Lee Rd 10, Lee County, AL., 8-27-04.