Desmanthus virgatus (L.) Willd.

Etymology Genus After bundle (Desmos) and flower (anthos), referring to the bundled flowers
Species Being twiggy; having straight slender twigs
Family Fabaceae
Synonyms Mimosa virgata L.
Common Names Slender Mimosa
Status Exotic: Naturalised
Form Shrub
Native Distribution America (United States to Argentina)


Desmanthus virgatus is a common species in the scrublands. The leaves resembles several species in the subfamily Mimosoideae, but its messy-looking white inflorescence, and the large nectary glands with a red border are unique.

Interesting Facts:

The Slender Mimosa has been suggested to be a promising feed for cattles in gaining protein mass (Sukkasame & Phaikaew, 1998).

Form of the Slender Mimosa.

Compound leaf.

Nectary at the end of the leaf.

"Messy" looking white inflorescence.


Sukkasame P & C Phaikaew. (1998) Utilization of Desmanthus virgatus as protein supplement for fattening cattle in southern Thailand. Integrated Crop-Livestock Production Systems and Fodder Trees, 157-159.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2015-01-18 / Modified: 2017-12-25