Cat-claw Sensitive-briar

Cat-claw Sensitive-briar
Cat-claw Sensitive-briar
 Iralee Barnard

Cat-claw Sensitive-briar
Mimosa quadrivalvis

 

Family Bean
Longevity Perennial
Height 1 - 1.5 feet

Bloom Period

March April May June July August September October
  • Description: Stems are sprawling up to 2 feet long and prickly. Leaves are 4 inches long and divided into many small, oblong leaflets. Flowers are in dense, ball-shaped, pink clusters and dotted with yellow pollen.
  • Comments: When the leaves of this plant are touched, they fold, thus the common name “sensitive.” Briar refers to the hooked prickles along the stem and fruit. The seed pods form in clusters and are long, slender, strongly-ribbed and densely prickly. Sensitive-briar has high protein content and is relished by livestock. Cattle select this plant as a conditioner. Sensitive-briar is an important range condition indicator and considered a decreaser. Although usually rare in pastures, plants can be abundant in ungrazed meadows and prairie roadsides. Sensitive-briar is found on upland prairies and roadsides throughout the state.


Cat-claw Sensitive-briar Pods
 Iralee Barnard

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