Mimosa pudica ‘The Sensitive Plant’

I’ve been growing this unusual plant for a couple of months. The Sensitive plant (Mimosa pudica L.) is a creeping annual or perennial herb often grown for its curiosity value: the compound leaves fold inward and droop when touched, re-opening within minutes. Mimosa pudica is native to Brazil, but is now a pantropical weed. Other names given to this curious plant are TickleMe Plant, Humble plant, Shame plant, Sleeping grass, Prayer Plant, Touch-me-not, Makahiya (Philippines, meaning “shy”), Mori Vivi (West Indies), mate-loi (false death) (Tonga). The Chinese name for this plant translates to “shyness grass”. The species epithet, pudica, is Latin for “bashful” or “shrinking”. Because of its curious nature and easy procreation. Its Sinhala name is Nidikumba, where ‘nidi’ means ‘sleep’.

(via Arbroath)