Field Guide Fridays – Catclaw Mimosa

Today’s field guide Friday post follows the old saying “can’t read a book by it’s cover.”  As sweet and pretty as these pink puffball flowers look,
this is one species you DO NOT want to touch!
Catclaw is the common name for good reason; Mimosa bahamensis has hook shaped spikes or thorns that grab and don’t let go!  I have many times been caught by this tree while hiking in the bush and can attest that it does not discriminate.  It will latch on to heavy duty jeans, cotton shirts, or bare skin.  Please watch for out for this tree when exploring in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  To read more about this genus and species please see zipcodezoo.

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