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BRIEF: Are the seeds of Mimosa Pudica poisonous?


QUESTION:
Can you tell me if the seeds of Mimosa Pudica are poisonous.

ANSWER:

This plant contains the toxic amino acid mimosine. If livestock eat enough of it, their hair falls out. The root has some kind of pain killer/emetic compound, but I don't know what it is. The root is supposedly OK applied topically for pain, but will make you sick if eaten.