Chamaecrista nictitans (L.) Moench
Partridge-pea, Sensitive partridge pea, Sensitive pea
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
USDA Symbol: chni2
Partridge-pea or sensitive pea is a slender-stemmed annual, up to 1 ft. tall, with pinnately-compound leaves. Each leaf is made up of numerous small, yellow-green leaflets which fold together when touched. The small, yellow flowers hang from short, axillary pedicels.
Like other members of the pea family, this plant requires the presence of microorganisms that inhabit nodules on the plants root system and produce nitrogen compounds necessary for the plants survival.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , AZ , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , HI , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MO , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV
Native Distribution: VT to extreme s.e. KS, s. to FL & TX
Native Habitat: Open woods; prairies; thickets; wet or dry shores
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sandy soils.
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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National Wetland Indicator Status
BibliographyBibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
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Research LiteratureReslit 211 - Can inconspicuous legumes facilitate alien grass invasions? Partridge peas and fountain grass in Hawai'i (2002) D. A. Carino and C. C. Daehler
Reslit 550 - Selecting Chamaecrista spp. for soil stabilisation and forage in southern China (2001) J. B. Hacker, S. L. Wen, Z. Y. Ying and B. C. Peng...
Reslit 1193 - Seed predators are undeterred by nectar-feeding ants on Chamaecrista nictitans (Caesalpineaceae) (2003) S. Ruhren
Reslit 1194 - Jumping spiders (Salticidae) enhance the seed production of a plant with extrafloral nectaries (1999) S. Ruhren and S. N. Handel
Reslit 1342 - Mycorrhizal species identity affects plant community structure and invasion: a microcosm study (2003) E. D. Stampe and C. C. Daehler
Reslit 1554 - Variation in temperature requirements for germination and early seedling root development in Chamaecrista rotundifolia and three allied species (2000) M. G. Xu, C. K. McDonald, C. J. Liu and J. B. Hack...
Reslit 1835 - Multiple pleurograms in Chamaecrista moench (Leguminosae, caesalpinioideae) (2008) O. C. De-Paula and D. M. T. Oliveira
Reslit 1930 - In vitro antiviral activity of Chamaecrista nictitans (Fabaceae) against herpes simplex virus: Biological characterization of mechanisms of action (2004) L. H. Uribe, E. C. Olarte and G. T. Castillo
Reslit 2554 - Cytogenetics of species of Chamaecrista (Leguminosae-Caesalpinioideae) native to southern Brazil (2006) E. Biondo, S. T. S. Miotto and M. T. Schifino-Witt...
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Chamaecrista nictitans in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Chamaecrista nictitans in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Chamaecrista nictitans
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff