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The Giant Sensitive Plant Invasion in Nepal

Publication Date
Wed, 05 Oct 2022, 14:07
Last Updated
Oct. 5, 2022, 2:10 p.m.
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Pest Id
Mimosa diplotricha - (MIMDI)
Report Status
Invasively covers the roadsides and fallow lands including the forests and replaces the indigenous plants. Disturbances to the farm workers and also covers the bunds and bordering areas of cultivated lands. Disturbances to the movement of human and wildlife and poisonous to the domestic animals especially the goats.
Pest Status (ISPM 8 - 2021)
  • Present: not widely distributed and not under official control
Geographical Distribution
Limited to some parts of Jhapa and Morang Districts, especially the areas of previous refugee camps, riverside and roadside. Invasion is spreading.

The giant sensitive plant, Mimosa diplotricha, has been reported from the eastern terai districts (Jhapa and Morang) which was identified in 2019 and its invasion was declared in 2022. The invasive weed is supposed to be introduced into Nepal for the protection of riverbanks especially nearby the Bhutanese Refugee Camps and after the camps were evacuated, the plant invaded the surrounding areas and is spreading.

May displace the indigenous species, disturbances to the movement of human and wildlife, detrimental effects on goats if consumed,
Contact for info
Sabitri Baral, Chief, PQPMC and IPPC/APPPC Official Contact Point Phone: +97715553798/5535844/5010111 Mobile: +0779841355908 Email: [email protected]/[email protected] Dr. Bharat Babu Shrestha, Professor, Central Department of Botany, Tribhuwan University, Kirtipur Phone: +97714331322 Mobile: +9779841241484 Email: [email protected]
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