LOL, LOL @ Ken
Mimosa, Sensitive Plant and Touch Me Not – are also names fot the same plant.
It’s very common in the Philippines. Locals brew a tea and give it to dengue sufferers….It doesn’t always work.
There are likely LOTS of other names for it as I’ve seen it in VietNam, Thailand, Cambodia and Hawaii.
? Who calls it Makahiya anyway?
Dohhh. I just had to look it up, and the only place it’s called Makahiya is here in the Philippines! hahaahaa on me!
…for anyone in dire need of this information, here yo go:
The species is known by numerous common names including
Non-English common names in other European language/culture areas include não-me-toque (touch-me-not), sensitiva (sensitive) or dormideira (roughly “sleeper”) in the Portuguese language (with the former being more common in Portugal, Africa and Rio de Janeiro, the middle in São Paulo city and the Southern capitals and the latter elsewhere in Brazil), while in Spanish it varies in names such as morí-viví or moriviví (Dominican Republic and other Spanish-speaking Caribbean islands, roughly translating to “I died, I lived”) and dormilona (Costa Rica and elsewhere in Central America, roughly translating to “sleepyhead”, as in Brazil).
In Austronesia names vary more: in the Philippines it is called makahiya, with maka- meaning “quite” or “tendency to be”, and -hiya meaning “shy”, or “shyness”), while in Tonga for example it is known as mateloi (false death), being putri malu (shy princess) in Indonesia and pokok semalu (shy plant) in Malaysia.Sinhala Nidi Kumba(sleeping plant)
In South Asia many unrelated names are also common. In Hindi it is known as chhui-mui (“that which dies upon touch”). In Bengali, the shrub is known as lojjaboti (“the bashful girl”). In Malayalam it is called thottavaadi (“wilts by touch”). In Marathi it is called lazalu (“shy”). In Tamil, it is called thotta-siningi (“acts when touched”) and in Kannada, it is known as muttidare muni ;( “angered by touch”). In Burmese (Myanmar) it is called hti ka yoan, which means “crumbles when touched”.