Botanical name : Mimosa invisa Linn.
Family : Mimosaceae
Rasa : Kashaya, Tikta
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Seeta
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Big Sensitive plant
Hindi : Lajvanti, Lajjavanti
Malayalam : Aanatottavadi
Distribution – Throughout India in waste lands
A diffuse undershrub grows up to 2 meters in height. Leaves bipinnately compound, pinnate 2-4 digitally arranged with 20-30 pairs of leaflets; leaves are touch sensitive. Flowers pink in round heads; fruits bristly pods, flat, consisting 3-5 one seeded segments. Plant is having inwardly curved thorns in all parts.
Plant is not having any medicinal property. Instead a slow acting poisonous alkaloid called mimosin, which affect Kidney very adversely, leads to renal failure. So by any way the use of this plant should be banned in ayurvedic preparations, as the chance of adulteration by this plant to Lajjalu (Mimosa pudica) is high.