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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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