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Common Name: Catclaw Sensitivebriar

Other Names: Nuttall’s Sensitivebriar

Species Name: Mimosa quadrivalvis

Plant Type: Legume

Family Name: Mimosaceae, Mimosa Family





Plant Facts  
Origin Native
Duration Perennial
Distribution in the U.S. Central portion; South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Texas and Louisiana
Distribution in Oklahoma Western two-thirds of the state



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics


    • Stout recurved prickles on stem and branches
    • Pinnately compound leaves with numerous leaflets
    • Leaflets fold when touched


    • Flowers pink, fuzzy spheres
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Leaf Type: Compound, 2-pinnately
    • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
    • Leaf Shape: Elliptic to oblong
    • Stipules: Present
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Petal Number: 5, fused
    • Flower Color: Pink or rose-purple
    • Flower Timing: April-September
    • Fruit Type: Legumes



Soil Type Dry, well-drained or rocky or sandy soil
Habitat Dry, rocky sites of prairies and open woodlands; soils of roadsides and logged areas
Successional Stage All


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