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Pretty Invasive Weed

Pretty Invasive Weed
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-14
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Fun in the Sun at Fiji
Date Submitted: 2006-02-08 3:57
Viewed: 8710
Points: 30
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Mimosa pudica or Mimosa invisa
Touch Me Not

I’ve been saving this photo since I came home from Fiji last August. I had no idea of the name of this plant, and had been told it was called Touch me not but I couldn’t find that on Google. And yesterday I saw the plant in Goutham Rameshs photo, and he has kindly told me it’s name was Mimosa pudica. Thanks Goutham. He said that it is crawling plant with little prickles, red flower and a Red fruit. They are interesting plants, and it is fun to watch their leaves fold up and then slowly open up again. Known as Mimosa pudica, and Danger: All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested!!

I found it growing on top of the hill on Mana Island and I thought it was so pretty. I did ask one of the staff whom we met up on the hill what it was. She said that it wasn’t a good plant at all. So I have done a check-up about it on Google, and realise it is either Mimosa pudica or Mimosa invisa – both called Touch Me Not.

First described from Brazil, now a tropical weed. It is native to tropical America from southern Mexico to Central America, West Indies and now found in many Pacific Ocean islands.

In Fiji, it is an abundantly naturalized weed in cultivated areas, along roadsides, in pastures, on wasteland, and forming mats on the dry mud of riverbanks.

Propagation: Seed pods float and are spread by water. Pods re also spread when attached to fur, clothing and mud on vehicles. Spread by bulldozers, graders, roadside slashers, etc.

Mimosa invisa, is a particularly nasty plant covered with thorns. It is a fast-growing thorny shrub that forms dense tangles that are difficult to walk through. It is present in a number of South Pacific locations, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia (Society Islands), Hawai'i, New Caledonia, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, but, fortunately, has not yet reached Tonga. It has only recently been introduced to Niue and eradication efforts there are ongoing.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-02-08 4:07]

Hello Janice!
Wonderful capture.I liked contrast between BG and flowers,POV,framing,lighting and composition a lot.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-02-08 4:24]

Nice picture Janice. Perfect composition and beautiful colors. I like your excellent note too.

Nice pair Janice and very good composition. The colours are very good and bright and the shaprness/dof is very good too. Beautifull flowers which we only have in green houses here in the cold Scandinavia.

Hi Janice,
A beautiful flower on this weed. The purple colors look great. Nice sharp detil in this lovely composition. Great notes for this post.

Hi Jancie, some exotic again. It look like explosion of purple star. Nice coloures ana brightnes. Very good notice about it too. TFS

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-02-08 9:37]

Hello Janice!

Very interesting subject today. This plant is well known also in Poland [surprise! in Polish it is called Mimoza ;-)]. I like your interesting note [I wonder how it is called in Fijian ;-)]. Details, colours and asymetric composition of photo are great! Very nice for still white winter my friend!

Nice capture Janice,
Great colors, light and detail. Interesting note on this. They are beautiful "weeds". Well done & Thank you!

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  • samos Gold Star Critiquer [C: 79 W: 4 N: 2] (39)
  • [2006-02-08 10:22]

Hello Janice this photo of this flower is so beautiful good work thanks regards Stavros

Hello Janice, this is an excellent picture. Great colours, excellent sharpness and nice bg. This is a very nice composition and your note is excellent. Well done. Thank you.

Hi Janice,
I'm still very busy, so have no time for a longer visit to TN.
Very good capture, and as always good details, colours, sharpness and composition.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Hi Janice,

Thanks for your acknowledgement, This is indeed the flower of Mimosa pudica, This is quite abundant in South India!

A prick from its small thorn is extremly painful.

Giid note, Interesting picture great capture


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-02-09 2:04]

Lovely shot Janice. The composition and the colors are great. Well done & TFS!


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-02-11 2:43]

Pretty flowers they are indeed.
They look like our Centaurées.
A very good photo. Very interesting note.
Thank you MF Janice.

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  • deons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 55] (595)
  • [2006-02-11 15:47]

Hi Janice

What a lovely weed.
Good colour and sharpness. Info also interesting.


Oooh what a wonderful image with sooo beautiful flowers.

Hello Janice!
this is a beautiful floral composition by is simetry , gorgeous colours and DOF...also the background works fine !
I browse your photos and really you hve done a great work

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