Biophytum sensitivum is a very small flowering plant and is native to India. It has only a few pinnate leaves with 8-10 leaflets on either side. Each leaflet may measure upto 4-5mm and the total length of the leaf is less than 5cm. This plant produces about five to ten small flowers with yellow,white or pink petals.
It has the same reproductive tendencies as Mimosa,spreading easily in the greenhouse by seed,
but it stays small - less than 4" tall - and has similar touch-sensitive traits. It usually moves a
bit slower, though. These plants are much more pretty than Mimosa.
They are usually found in wet lands (mostly plains) of tropical Africa, Asia and India.
Normally in the shade of trees and shrubs, in grasslands, open thickets, at low and medium altitudes.
Biophytum sensitivum is truly a remarkable little plant, it looks like a miniature palm but don't be fooled: it belongs to the wood-sorrel family. The little plant rarely exceeds 20cm (8”) in height and forms an unbranched woody erect stem. All leaves grow from the endpoint and are
made of 8 to 17 pairs of leaflets.