Wait-a-minute Bush, Mimosa biuncifera

Wait-a-minute Bush
Mimosa biuncifera



Seed Pods

Branches showing thorns

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Family: Leguminosae (Fabaceae), Pea Family
Plant Size: Generally less than 6' (1.8 M) in our area.
Blooms in: Late Spring - Summer
Habitat Preferred: Chapparal, Grasslands, Dry habitats
Photo(s) taken at: Clarkdale, 10/99
Bloom Color: White to pinkish small fuzzy spheres
Other Common Names: Cat Claw (do not confuse with Catclaw Acacia, q.v.)
Origin: Native
Comments: This plant is often called Cat Claw, due to its profusion of cat-like claws on all branches. The claws are much denser and more numerous than those of Catclaw Acacia (Acacia gregii), with which it sometimes confused. Other distinctions between these two plants are that the Wait-a-minute has much smaller leaves and leaflets, and is usually a smaller plant overall.
Further Reference & Sources: "Arizona Flora", Kearney, Peebles, et. al., Univ. of California Press, 1951 w/1960 supp.;   "A Field Guide to the Plants of Arizona", Anne Orth Epple, 1995, Falcon Press
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