Mimosa Pudica Sensitive Weed Touch Me Not Seeds

Mimosa Pudica Sensitive Weed Touch Me Not Seeds

Packet of 50+ organically grown seeds from this very interesting little medicinal and ornamental herb.

That is more than twice as big as it was previously and I have also removed the pods making germination a little faster.
This is the smallest and easiest to grow Mimosa of all.

It has little purple pink puffball flowers and leaves that move when you touch them.
Yes, you read that correctly.
The leaves actually move when you touch them!!!

Super easy to grow, and prolific seeder, so I recommend growing them in a tub or pot so they don’t get away from you.
Considered a weed by some folks, despite their coolness…

Here is a huge chunk of data that I found online, and in no way encourage, or endorse, but do find interesting>>>

“The mimosine has potent antiproliferative and apoptotic effects.

Mimosa pudica been shown to alleviate pain, and is also used as an antispasmodic, muscle relaxant, and anti-inflammatory. A 1:1 ethanol-water extract is very effective for pain management and is currently patent pending for pain relief.

Mimosa produces an antidepressant-like profile similar to two tricyclic antidepressants Clomipramine (brand-name Anafranil®), Desipramine (brand names: Norpramin® and Pertofrane®).

Ayurveda says that its root is bitter, acrid, cooling, vulnerary, alexipharmic, and used in the treatment of leprosy, dysentery, vaginal and uterine complaints, inflammations, burning sensation, asthma, leucoderma, and fatigue and blood diseases.
Under the Unani Healthcare System its root is resolvent, alternative, and useful in the treatment of diseases arising from blood impurities and bile, bilious fevers, piles, jaundice, and leprosy etc. Decoction of root is used with water to gargle to reduce toothache.
It is very useful in diarrhea (athisaara), amoebic dysentery (raktaatisaara), bleeding piles and urinary infections.

It arrests bleeding and fastens the wound healing process. It is also used in herbal preparations for gynecological disorders.
It has been said to have medicinal properties to cure skin diseases.
It is also used in conditions like bronchitis, general weakness, impotence and to treat snake bite.
It is also used to treat many neurological problems.

Mimosa pudica has a capacity of arresting bleeding and it fastens the process of healing of most wounds.
It is recommended in diarrhea, amoebic dysentery and bleeding piles. It is also used in herbal preparations of gynecological disorders.
Its extract can cure skin diseases.
Some doctors recommend it for bronchitis, general weakness and impotence.
All five parts of the plant, leaves, flowers, stems, roots, and fruits are used as medicines in the traditional healthcare systems.

In India, different parts of the plant have been in popular use for treating various ailments since long ago.
Mimosa Pudica root is used to treat bilious fevers, piles, jaundice, leprosy, dysentery, vaginal and uterine complaints, inflammations, burning sensation, fatigue, asthma, leucoderma, and blood diseases.

Mimosa root is also commonly used for treating insomnia, irritability, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menorrhagia, hemorrhoids, skin wounds, diarrhea, whooping cough and fevers in children, and there is some evidence to suggest that Mimosa is effective in relieving the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

All parts of the plant showed very good wound healing activity.
The methanolic extract exhibited good wound healing activity probably due to presence of phenols constituents.
The antimicrobial activity of methanolic extract of Mimosa was tested against Aspergillus fumigatus, Citrobacter divergens and Klebsiella pneumonia at different concentrations of 50, 100 and 200μg/disc. The antimicrobial activity was attributed to the presence of bioactive constituents like terpenoids, flavonoids, glycosides, alkaloids, quinines, phenols, tannins, saponins and coumarin.

In animal studies Mimosa Pudica produced dose dependent, and significant inhibition of carrageenan induced paw oedema.

The analgesic activity was found to be more significant on the acetic acid induced writhing model than the tail flick model.
The presence of flavonoids in the ethanolic extract may be contributory to its analgesic action.
Decoction of Mimosa pudica leaves were given intraperitoneally at dose of 1000-4000 mg/kg which protected mice against pentylentetrazol and strychnine- induced seizures. Mimosa pudica leaf demonstrated significant antiplasmodial activity in all three models of the antimalarial evaluations.
Phytochemical screening revealed the presence of some vital antiplasmodial constituents such as terpenoids, flavonoids and alkaloids.

The leaf of Mimosa Pudica possesses strong antimalarial activity.
The ethanolic extract of the leaves of M. pudica was given by oral route at a dose of 100 mg/kg b.w.
Ethanolic extract of M. pudica, dose dependently reduce, the total acidity, ulcer index, and an increase in pH of gastric juice in pylorus ligated ulcer model.
Aqueous extract of dried roots of M. pudica was tested for inhibitory activity on lethality, phospholipase activity, edema forming activity, fibrinolytic activity and hemorrhagic activity of Naja naja and Bangarus caerulus venoms.
The aqueous extract displayed a significant inhibitory effect on the lethality, phospholipase activity, edema forming activity, fibrinolytic activity and hemorrhagic activity.
About 0.14 mg and 0.16 mg of M. pudica extracts were able to completely neutralize the lethal activity of 2LD50 of Naja naja (Forest Cobra) and Bangarus caerulus (Common Krait Snake) venoms respectively.”

Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties, no dramas!!!

NOT FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA, the NORTHERN TERRITORY or TASMANIA due to added expense and drama involved.

If you decide to buy anyway, despite me politely asking you not to, I will NOT be sending this item and you will receive a substitution of my choosing. 🙂

 

Native Sensitive Weed Neptunia Gracilis Seeds

Native Sensitive Weed Neptunia Gracilis Seeds

Packet of 25+ seeds of this unusual, beautiful, native plant!

This is unusual little native ground cover has bright yellow pom pom flowers and frilly Mimosa like leaves.

Amazingly, as the name suggests it is very sensitive, and it actually MOVES when you touch it!
Even clapping your hands or the vibrations caused by walking up to it when it is growing in the ground is enough to make it fold down its leaves, shrink up, and hide.(Makes taking good pictures a bloody nightmare..)
It does this to prevent the critters eating it, and it is pretty damn cool I reckon!

First of all I better say, it is NOT the massive imported aquatic weeds Neptunia oleracea or Neptunia plena.
It is also NOT Mimosa pudica, the much more common imported pink flowered “sensitive weed”.
That fella is famous because of wide range of medicinal uses, and because of the fact it moves.
I grow it as well and you can Buy Mimosa Pudica Seeds here.

While I do love that plant too, there are three main reasons why this fella is a better choice as an ornamental.

1. It’s flowers are yellow and a little bigger, where as Mimosa pudica are pink.
Not a big deal, but yeah, some folks prefer yellow.

2. It doesn’t have any thorns, spikes or prickles!
Unlike the more common Sensitive weed~Mimosa pudica this fella is smooth and leafy all over.
Mimosa pudica is a little bit like a thorny rose if you look closely, and while not a big deal to me as I grow them in pots, that is the main reason folks hate it growing as a weed in their pastures and lawns.

3. The final reason is that it’s a true blue Aussie Native!
Although hardly ever seen as it folds up and hides in the grass when you make a noise or walk towards it, it is found all through Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australian, and the Northern Territory.
I have also seen it in a Victorian park so at least as a Spring Summer Autumn annual it can survive further south in colder climates.

Being an Aussie native means no weed dramas, having no spikes means its safe for the kiddies and a much better choice for school scientific experiments.

It is very easy to grow but it takes a while because the seeds are very hard and they have a natural dormancy.
For me it normally takes a couple weeks, but sometimes it takes a couple months.
You can speed it up a bit by soaking in a cup of hot(not boiling)water overnight, before planting the next day.

You can speed it up even more by using GA3 and/or Smoked Vermiculite which is another great set of experiments for kids too do(under the strict supervision of a responsible adult of course!).

While not an edible or food crop, I personally reckon every school agricultural plot and native bushtucker garden in Australia should have a couple pots of this guy, just as a novelty curiosity type thing.

After all, sparking an interest and encouraging curiosity about our native species has got to be a step in the right direction along the road to protecting and valuing them?
And if you can do all that with just a few bucks, it’s gotta be worth doing I reckon….

Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chemicals, no nasties, no problems!!!

 

Codariocalyx Motorius Desmodium Gyrans Telegraph Plant Seeds

Codariocalyx Motorius Desmodium Gyrans Telegraph Plant Seeds

Nice big packet of 20+ seeds, plenty to give you a few plants.

Know by a whole heap of names over the years.
Codariocalyx motorius, Desmodium gyrans, Hedysarum motorium, Hedysarum gyrans, Desmodium gyrans, Desmodium roylei, Pseudarthria gyrans, Meibomia gyrans, Desmodium motorium, telegraph plant, semaphore plant, dancing plant, thozhukanni, praanajeewa, and dancing grass, despite it not even being a grass at all.

It is native to most of Asia, and can be found growing wild in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Laos, Malaysia, Martinique, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and in the early 19th century it was grown commercially on a large scale in Mauritius.

Darwin was a big fan of it, doing many studies concerning light and water induced movement.
That’s right, movement, this plant moves all by itself!

It doesn’t bop around like something out of “The little shop of horrors”.
But it does move when you clap your hands or play music or walk past, or water it.

It closes its leaves, or opens them out and slowly rotates them whenever something stimulates the tiny pair of hairs at the base of the leaf.

These act like sensors, and depending what the stimulation is, the plant reacts accordingly.

Pretty cool hey!

Easy to grow, but as the seeds themselves are very hard they do take a while to pop. Soaking overnight in warm water or scarification speeds things up, but I just did this Takeaway container method.

Like Mimosa pudica, Charles Darwin wrote extensively about it in his famous book “The Power of Movement in Plants” and the internet tells me Telegraph plant it contains small amounts of tryptamine alkaloids in its leaves, stems and roots, namely DMT and 5-MeO-DMT.

If you are after something different, something a bit out of the ordinary, you would be hard pressed to find better than a plant that moves I reckon?

Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!