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Calliandra emarginata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Informal Groups

See text.

Mimosoideae distribution.svg
Distribution of the Mimosoideae.
  • Acaciaceae E. Meyer
  • Mimosaceae R. Brown

The Mimosoideae comprise a subfamily of the flowering plant family Fabaceae (Leguminosae) characterized by flowers with small petals and numerous prominent stamens.

In some classifications (e.g. the Cronquist system), "Mimosoideae" refers to what was formerly considered the tribe Mimoseae.


The lead tree, Leucaena leucocephala, is used for fiber and livestock fodder.

Some classification systems, for example the Cronquist system, treat the Fabaceae in a narrow sense, raising the Mimisoideae to the rank of family as Mimosaceae. The Angiosperm Phylogeny Group treats Fabaceae in the broad sense. The Mimosoideae were historically subdivided into four tribes (Acacieae, Ingeae, Mimoseae, and Mimozygantheae). However, modern molecular phylogenetics have shown that these groupings were artificial. Several informal subgroups have been proposed, but not yet described formally as tribes.[1][2][3][4] Additionally, the genus Acacia was recently segregated into five genera (Acacia sensu lato, Acaciella, Mariosousa, Senegalia, and Vachellia).[5]


  1. ^ Lewis GP, Elias TS. (1981). "Mimoseae". In Polhill RM, Raven PH. Advances in Legume Systematics, Parts 1 and 2. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. pp. 155–168. ISBN 9780855212247. 
  2. ^ Luckow M, White PJ, Bruneau A. (2000). "Relationships among the basal genera of mimosoid legumes". In Herendeen PS; Bruneau A. Pollard PS. Advances in Legume Systematics, Part 9. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. pp. 165–180. ISBN 9781842460177. 
  3. ^ Luckow M, Miller JT, Murphy DJ, Livshultz T. (2003). "A phylogenetic analysis of the Mimosoideae (Leguminosae) based on chloroplast DNA sequence data" (PDF). In Klitgaard BB, Bruneau A. Advances in Legume Systematics, Part 10: Higher Level Systematics. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. pp. 197–220. ISBN 9781842460542. 
  4. ^ Hughes CE, Bailey CD, Krosnick S, Luckow MA. (2003). "Relationships among genera of the informal Dichrostachys and Leucaena groups (Mimosoideae) inferred from ribosomal ITS sequences" (PDF). In Klitgaard BB, Bruneau A. Advances in Legume Systematics, Part 10: Higher Level Systematics. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. pp. 221–238. ISBN 9781842460542. 
  5. ^ Murphy DJ, Brown GK, Miller JT, Ladiges PY. (2010). "Molecular phylogeny of Acacia Mill. (Mimosoideae: Leguminosae): Evidence for major clades and informal classification". Taxon. 59 (1): 7–19. JSTOR 27757046. 
  6. ^ Iganci JRV, Soares MV, Guerra E, Morim MP. (2016). "A Preliminary Molecular Phylogeny of the Abarema Alliance (Leguminosae) and Implications for Taxonomic Rearrangement". International Journal of Plant Sciences. 177 (1): 34–43. doi:10.1086/684078.