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Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty (Mimosa spp) genus of plants contains over 400 species that are native to the tropics and subtropics; however, only 7 species are found in Grenada. In response to temperature, light, or touch, Sleeping Beauty’s leaves fold, and their stems bend and collapse

The name Mimosa, is a combination of two greek words mimos, and the suffix “osa”, which means ‘mimicking conscious life.’ This picture was taken in Springs, St. George's, Grenada by Andre Joseph-Witzig.


Why Are They Called Sleeping Beauty?

When the sun sets, or there are significant changes in temperature, Mimosa’s “go to sleep” – hence its common name. Mimosa pudica is the most common of the Mimosa’s in Grenada, having many small, pink flowers.