Plant Listings

Mimosa bahamensis

Mimosa bahamensis Benth.

Common Names: Haul Back, Bahama Mimosa

Family: Fabaceae

Habit: Mimosa bahamensis grows as a large shrub to 4 m in height branches, stems and leaves with recurved prickles. The evenly bipinnate leaves are arranged alternately with 2 - 4 pairs of pinnae each with 2-6 pairs of leaflets.  The leaflets are up to 6 mm in length, oval to obovate with an entire margin and rounded apex.

The complete, perfect, actinomorphic flowers are arranged in tight, axillary or terminal, globular heads with each flower subtended by a bract. There are 5 fused, pubescent, sepals in the calyx forming a shallow tube.  There are 5 fused petals in the corolla forming a tube that exceeds the calyx. There are 8 pink showy stamens that are 2 times as long as the perianth.  The ovary is superior with a single locule.  The fruit is a flat legume, with constrictions between the seeds, that turns brown at maturity.

All vegetation including the inflorescence, flowers and fruit with dense brown pubescence.

Mimosa bahamensis grows in Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formations- Forest/Shrublands (coppice).

Mimosa bahamensis occurs throughout the central and southern island groupings in the Lucayan Archipelago and Central America.

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage:
Mimosa bahamensis is not known to be used medicinally in the Lucayan Archipelago.