- prendador (Spanish)
- pichana (Spanish)
Native Geographic Range
- Southern South America
Cultivation Status in AZ
Drought- and cold-deciduous shrubs to 6.5 ft (2 m) high with unarmed, green stems with vertical ribs. Older stems become grayish colored. The leaves (when present) have a single pair of pinnae with 3--4 leaflets each. Pink to whitish flowers are produced in rounded heads during the summer.
Native to the Monte Desert of northwestern Argentina. The plants are often abundant in arid valleys and on slopes and dunes.
Prendador is not grown as a landscape plant. It is unique among Mimosa species in its appearance and relies principally on its green stems for photosynthesis. The plants have an upright growth habit and are extremely drought tolerant. Plants have survived 16° F (-9° C) without damage. Litter is minimal.