Mimosaceae  R. Br., nom. cons.

pronounced: mim-oh-SAY-see-eye

the wattle family

Acacia pycnanthaThis is often regarded as Mimosoideae, a sub-family of Fabaceae. I have chosen to retain it as a family in its own right, to honour our wonderful Australian wattle trees. The Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) is Australia's official floral emblem.

Mimosa comes from the Greek μιμος (mimos), an imitator, mimic, because of the movement of the leaves. The family is characterized by flowers with small petals and numerous prominent stamens, mostly 10 or more. The leaves are nearly always alternate, stipulate, and bipinnately compound (rarely once-pinnate). They usually have swollen petiole bases that can function in the orientation of the leaves (e.g. in Mimosa pudica). The pistil is simple, consisting of a single style and stigma, and a superior ovary with at least 2 ovules in a single locule. The fruit is usually a pod.

Acacia aulacocarpa - Golden-flowered Salwood

Acacia bidwillii (alt.name)  - Corkwood Wattle

Acacia crassicarpa - Thick-podded Salwood

Acacia flavescens - Yellow Wattle

Acacia holosericea - Soapbush Wattle

Acacia jackesiana  -  Betsy's Wattle

Acacia leptocarpa - Leptocarpa Wattle

Acacia leptostachya - Townsville Wattle

Acacia macradenia - Zig-zag Wattle

Acacia mangium - Black Wattle

Acacia podalyriifolia - Mount Morgan Wattle

Acacia polystachya - Polystachya Wattle

Acacia simsii - Sim's Wattle

Adenanthera pavonina - Red Bead Tree

Albizia procera - Forest Siris

Albizia saman - Rain Tree

Calliandra haematocephala - Red Powderpuff

Calliandra spp. - Fairy Duster

Entada abyssinica - Tree Entada

Entada rheedii - Match Box Plant

Leucaena leucocephala - Leucaena

Mimosa pudica - Sensitive Plant

Racosperma aulacocarpum (syn.) - Golden-flowered Salwood

Racosperma leptocarpum (syn.) - Leptocarpa Wattle

Racosperma polystachyum (syn.) - Polystachya Wattle

Samanea saman (syn.) - Rain Tree

Vachellia bidwillii - Corkwood Wattle

 Photograph by Melburnian (own work) via Wikimedia Commons.

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