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- Mimosa comes from the Greek word μιμος (mimos), which mean to mimic.
- Mimosa is a huge genus consisting of about 400 different species. A type of mimosa referred to as Mimosa pudica folds its leaves when touched or exposed to heat, and then reopens a few minutes later.
- By using the same experimental framework applied to test behavioral responses in animals, biologists from Australia and Italy have successfully demonstrated that Mimosa pudica, a native of South and Central America, can learn and remember just as well as animals.
- Another type called Mimosa tenuiflora contains psychedelic properties in its bark, is used to remedy coughs and bronchitis, and also treats skin lesions. This type of mimosa is used as viable animal feed because it is virtually drought resistant, and contains a high protein and nutrient profile.
- Another interesting fact is that a solution can be made from the leaves and bark to remove parasites from animal skins. The type of mimosa sold regularly in Istanbul in early spring, is found in multiple countries including the Mediterranean regions of Turkey and France. It is called Acacia dealbata. It is a fast growing evergreen shrub, and revives quickly after forest fires.
- The flowers are used ornamentally, in perfume, and to scent cosmetics.
- In New Zealand it is classified as a weed, which tells you just how practically indestructible this shrub is.
- The wood is used in craft furniture making as well.
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