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Physical Setting
Climate
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Tucson Plants
Tucson Animals
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Wait-A-Minute Bush (Mimosa aculeaticarpa)
wait-a-minute bushDESCRIPTION: Also called M. biuncifera. Shrub to 8'. Bark brown. Spines brown and curved as in Catclaw Acacia. Leaves are bipinnately compound to 2" long with 7 pairs of primary leaflets and 13 pairs of secondary leaflets. Flowers are white to pinkish, forming a round powder-puff to 5/8" wide. Fruit is like a flattened, brownish, string bean. Fabaceae (Legume) Family.
NATURAL HISTORY: Flowers bloom May to August. The name comes from the fact that you will have to wait a minute to extract yoursefl after walking into one of these plants because of the cat-like claws.

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