WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: SENSITIVE BRIER (Mimosa quadrivalvis var. angustata)
Bud depicted. The leaves fold up to touch, giving this plant part of its common name.
The pink puffball flowers are pretty to look at, but beware of the hidden prickles on the stems of this low growing vine which easily grabs the skin of your ankles.
Seeds eaten by quail, songbirds, and gopher tortoises; foliage is eaten by gopher tortoises and wild turkeys. Also provides cover. (source: http://www.forestrywebinars.net/webinars/the-basics-of-longleaf-understory-establishment-enhancement/at_multi_download/relatedFiles?name=presentation.pdf)
There are two varieties (angustata and floridana) which can be differentiated by the venation of the leaves.
Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3370