Mimosa himalayana Gamble in Kew Bull. 1920: 4. 1920.
syn: Mimosa rubricaulis sensu auct.; Mimosa rubricaulis subsp. himalayana (Gamble) H.Ohashi
A large deciduous shrub with ribbed densely hairy branches with straight or hooked up to 4 mm long prickles; leaf bippinate with up to 25 cm long rachis; pinnae 5-12 pairs, leaflets (pinnules) 6-15 pairs, 3-8 mm long; flowers pink fading to white in 12-15 mm across heads on up to 6 cm long peduncle, forming panicle; pod up to 10 cm long, 4-10 jointed, glabrous, with few prickles on sutures.
May be confused but easily differentiated from M. hamata, latter has shorter rachis (up to 5 cm long), few pairs of pinnae (3-6 pairs), fewer leaflets (6-10 pairs), smaller in size (2-3 mm long) in; shorter peduncle (2-3.5 cm) and shorter falcate pod (6-7 cm), velvety and densely prickly on sutures.
Photographed from Near Nagrota (10 km from Jammu) in J & K in August
Dr. Gurcharan Singh
Res: 932 Anand Kunj, Vikas Puri, New Delhi-110018.