My Mimosa Tree
These trees are found along roadsides in North Carolina. Years ago, I pulled one out and planted it in the front yard: It has become a large, beautiful tree over time. Unfortunately, it’s a very “dirty” tree: These flowers are short-lived and drop all over the place. In the fall, the leaves dry out and small parts litter the ground. To make matters worse, we park our cars under the tree. Pretty, but what a mess! (See WS for the tree's location.)
Mimosa is a genus of about 400 species of herbs and shrubs, in the subfamily Mimosoideae of the legume family Fabaceae. The most curious plant in the genus is Mimosa pudica because of the way it folds its leaves when touched or exposed to heat; many others also fold their leaves in the evening. It is native to southern Mexico, Uruguay and Central America but is widely cultivated elsewhere for its curiosity value, both as an indoor plant in temperate areas, and outdoors in the tropics. Outdoor cultivation has led to weedy invasion in some areas, notably Hawaii.
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worldcitizen (9006) 2008-06-14 10:43
This photo brings back nice memories for me. We had the same tree in front of my house when I was a child, and I always liked it - although my father would agree with you about the mess! I like your presentation with the tight crop showing the details of the leaves and the pink "puffs".
alainh (33201) 2008-06-17 13:39
the mimosa in France is yellow, but your's is very beautiful !!
thanks for this coloured picture. in France, the weather is not fine at all. but soon ths summer and for you, maybe, some holidays in Pegnier !!!
have a nice day Randy
MarianneS (15338) 2008-06-25 0:24
Like Alain already told you, I also know the yellow mimosa but not these ones. They are wonderful and I like the delicacy of the flower. When I saw your first photo, I did not imagine such a huge tree!! Impressive.
AandK (1832) 2008-07-18 2:08
hello! I didn't quiet get it: is this one one of the Mimosas that folds its leaves or just a "normal" one without folding?
What I like most about your picture is the way the sun hits the leaves because they seem to reach out for the sun like hands.
P.S.: I am back in Siegen with a bit more time since vacations just started!
Buin (42468) 2008-07-19 0:44
What a beauty! I've seen them in Ticino too. Your pin sharp photo shows its beauty in an impressive way. This tree must be a rel eyecatcher. Your note gives a good impression of your ambivalent relationship to this plant ;-)
Greetings from nearly autumnal Germany!
- Copyright: Randy Schwartz (hrschwartz) (744)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-06-14
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2008-06-14 9:28