Himalayan Mimosa/Shiahkanta (Mimosa rubicaulis) is a large straggling prickly shrub of the Himalayas (300 to 2000 metres) that blooms during the monsoons. The globose flowers are an attractive pink that gradually fade to white. Leaves are double-compound, each leaf having about 10 pairs of pinnae, each pinnae having about 20 pairs of pinnules. Pods are thin, flat and curved. It is planted as a thorny hedge for the fields. The red heart-wood is used for making posts for fences, pegs for tents and gunpowder charcoal. Roots and leaves are used medicinally.