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La`au Kana`ono Kumama`iwa.....69th Plant

Hilahila, Sensitive Plant

Mimosa pudica
"Hilahila" means bashful or shy, and this is how the plant acts when disturbed by touch. This thorny little American weed recoils from tactile stimulus and "re-sets" within about 45 minutes. My first plant memory was of this species, and I still remember how intrigued I was by its movement. M. pudica has spread over low-land Hawaii, and has become quite weedy.

Kekahi La`au Aku NO

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