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Mimosa pudica Touch-me-not Putri malu Fabaceae
 

 

Mimosa pudica, Touch-me-not, Fabaceae, Putri malu

A prostrate to semierect herb, 0.3 to 0.8 m tall, often forming a small compact bush about 0.6 m tall; branches glabrous or pubescent, heavily armed with broad-based, black-tipped recurved thorns. Leaves small, sensitive, bipinnate; leaflets about 16 pairs; petioles up to 4 cm long. Inflorescence of axillary headlike spikes, flowers pinkish, sessile. Pods usually in a dense cluster, 10 to 15 mm long and 4 mm wide, flat, segmented, somewhat constricted between the articulations, one-seeded segments.Propagated from seed. Seed will germinate in 14 to 21 days.
Medical use: It is said to have a bitter and astringent taste, and stops bleeding and speeds healing. It is used for diarrhea (athisaara), Amoebic dysentery (raktaatisaara), bleeding piles, gynecological disorders, skin diseases, bronchitis, general weakness and impotence. Most commonly used is the root, but leaves, flowers, bark, and fruit can also be encountered.

  

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