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Mimosa pudica
Started by: garcot at February 7 2010

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Mimosa pudica By: garcot
Bangalore
  
February 7 2010
Description
Mimosa pudica in Goa, India.

The stem is erect in young plants, but becomes creeping or trailing with age. The stem is slender, branching, and sparsely to densely prickly, growing to a length of 1.5 m (5 ft). The leaves of the mimosa pudica are compound leaves.

The leaves are bipinnately compound, with one or two pinnae pairs, and 10-26 leaflets per pinna. The petioles are also prickly. Pedunculate (stalked) pale pink or purple flower heads arise from the leaf axils. The globose to ovoid heads are 8–10 mm in diameter (excluding the stamens). On close examination, it is seen that the floret petals are red in their upper part and the filaments are pink to lavender. The fruit consists of clusters of 2-8 pods from 1–2 cm long each, these prickly on the margins. The pods break into 2-5 segments and contain pale brown seeds some 2.5 mm long. The flowers are pollinated by the wind and insects.[2] The seeds have hard seed coats which restricts germination.[3]
[edit] Plant movement

Mimosa pudica is well known for its rapid plant movement.
Mimosa pudica with leaves closed

Like a number of other plant species, it undergoes changes in leaf orientation termed "sleep" or nyctinastic movement. The foliage closes during darkness and reopens in light.[4]

The leaves also close under various other stimuli, such as touching, warming, blowing, or shaking. These types of movements have been termed seismonastic movements. The movement occurs when specific regions of cells lose turgor pressure, which is the force that is applied onto the cell wall by water within the cell vacuoles and other cell contents. When the plant is disturbed, specific regions on the stems are stimulated to release chemicals which force water out of the cell vacuoles and the water diffuses out of the cells, producing a loss of cell pressure and cell collapse; this differential turgidity between different regions of cells results in the closing of the leaflets and the collapse of the leaf petiole. This characteristic is quite common within the Mimosaceae family. The stimulus can also be transmitted to neighboring leaves. It is not known exactly why Mimosa pudica evolved this trait, but many scientists think that the plant uses its ability to shrink as a defense from predators. Animals may be afraid of such a fast moving plant and would rather go and eat a less active one.[citation needed]
[edit] Taxonomy and nomenclature

Mimosa pudica was first formally described by Carl Linnaeus in Species Plantarum in 1753.[5] The species epithet, pudica, is Latin for "bashful" or "shrinking", alluding to its shrinking reaction to contact.
[edit] Common names

The species is known by numerous common names including

* sensitive plant[6]
* humble plant[6]
* shameful plant[6]
* sleeping grass[7]
* touch-me-not[6]

The Chinese name for this plant (Chinese: 含羞草; pinyin: hánxiū cǎo) translates to "shyness grass".[8] Its Sinhala name is Nidikumba, where 'nidi' means 'sleep'[9]. Its Tamil name is Thottal Sinungi, where 'Thottal' means 'touched' and 'Sinungi' means 'little cry'[10]. Other non-English common names include Makahiya (Philippines, with maka- meaning "quite" or "tendency to be", and -hiya meaning "shy", or "shyness")[citation needed], Mori Vivi[11] (West Indies), and mate-loi (false death)[citation needed] (Tonga). In Urdu it is known as CHui-Mui. In Bengali, this is known as 'Lojjaboti', the shy virgin. In Indonesia, it is known as Putri Malu (Shy Princess). In Myanmar (Burma) it is called 'Hti Ka Yoan' which means "crumbles when touched".

Garcot

"wisdom in your body is deeper than your deepest philosophy"(Nietszche)

Re:Mimosa pudica By: garcot
Bangalore
  
February 7 2010


Have a look at this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zq3UuHlPLQU&NR=1

Mimosa pudica is identified in Ayurvedic literature as Lajjalu.[16]

In contemporary medicine, Mimosa pudica is being investigated for its potential to yield novel chemotherapeutic compounds. It contains an alkaloid called mimosine which has been found to have potent antiproliferative and apoptotic effects.

Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimosa_pudica

Garcot

"wisdom in your body is deeper than your deepest philosophy"(Nietszche)

Re:Mimosa pudica By: garcot
Bangalore
  
February 7 2010
Mind:

1. Mild / yielding disposition / timidity / non-confrontational / emotional sensitivity

2. Fear of Dark

Pulsatilla comes closest to this plant for the above theme, and it can be tried when the patient doesn't yield to pulsatilla.

Ref: http://www.biolumanetics.net/tantalus/Cases/CaseMimosa.htm

Ayurveda: It is used in menorrhagia, hemorrhoids,skin wounds, diarrhea

"wisdom in your body is deeper than your deepest philosophy"(Nietszche)

Re:Mimosa pudica By: garcot
Bangalore
  
February 8 2010


It has been described as

“ sparshaat sankochataam yaati punashcha prasruta bhavet " -a plant which folds itself when touched and spreads its leaves once again after a while.

Properties or guna of lajjalu:

1. Lajjalu has tikta and kashaya rasa (bitter and astringent taste),

2. Has property of cold (sheetha).

3. Balances kapha, pitta.

It has the following medicinal properties,

It arrests bleeding.

Fastens the wound healing process.

Very useful in diarrhea (athisaara) Amoebic dysentery (raktaatisaara) and bleeding piles.

It is mainly used in herbal preparations for gynecological disorders.

It has been said to have medicinal properties to cure skin diseases.

It is also used in conditions like bronchitis, general weakness and impotence.

Usually leaves, flowers, stems, roots and fruits (Punchaangha = 5 parts of plants) are used as medicines. But the root is used mainly used.

Shushrutha has placed this plant in “Priyangwadi and ambhastadi “ gana.

Garcot

"wisdom in your body is deeper than your deepest philosophy"(Nietszche)

Re:Mimosa pudica By: garcot
Bangalore
  
February 8 2010
Have a look at this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zq3UuHlPLQU&NR=1

It is amazing and what a sensitive plant this is.

Garcot

"wisdom in your body is deeper than your deepest philosophy"(Nietszche)

Re:Mimosa pudica By: Plantastic
  
February 8 2010
Great information. Here is the USA you can grow your own..sensitive plant indoors year round. Just go to www.sensitiveplant.com
to see another cool video and even a complete book to growing this amazing plant.

Re:Mimosa pudica By: garcot
Bangalore
  
February 13 2010
Some knowledge gained from research about the herb Mimosa Pudica:

* The research study was conducted at the Department of Chemistry, Cotton College, Guwahati, Assam, India (dated August 2007).
* The researchers tried to study the potential of the roots of this herb as birth control agents.
* Components present in the roots of the herb were given to experimental rats for 21 days.
* The researchers found that the components present in the roots of the herb changed the timings of the release of many birth associated hormones.
* This lead to extension of the pregnancy period.
* In this way, the researchers concluded that the roots of this herb possess anti-fertility properties.
* The herb is also found to regenerate the peripheral nerves by 30-40% in experimental rats.
* Peripheral nerves are the tissues which pass information to and from the spinal cord to the rest of the body.

Ref: http://herbs.ygoy.com/2009/11/04/can-the-herb-mimosa-pudica-replace-the-contraceptive-pills/

Garcot

"wisdom in your body is deeper than your deepest philosophy"(Nietszche)

Re:Mimosa pudica By: udaya kumar
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February 13 2010
add the following :

1. Kashaya Thiktha and Laghu Rookhsha Guna.
2.Its root has 10% Tanin.
3.Can be used for purification of blood.
4. Good for Dyspenia, Asthma, Bronchial Asthma, skin ailments, swelling of ankles, rheumatism of back and limbs, stiff knees, legs tremble.
5. It is of Leguminosae family.

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