MIMOSACEAE - Mimosa Family

Trees, shrubs, or herbs

Leaves usually bipinnately compound, alternate

Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic, in tight clusters



Fruit a legume

40 genera, 2000 species, mostly tropical and subtropical, in dry regions

Prosopis - mesquite
Albizia - mimosa
Acacia

Economic importance: gum acacia, some timber, scents, charcoal from mesquite

Diagnostic characteristics: bipinnate leaves, stamens 10-many, extending beyond corolla, flowers in tight clusters

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