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Stone, Robert L.
Chamaecrista nictitans (L.) Moench
Partridge-pea, Sensitive partridge pea, Sensitive pea
Synonyms: Chamaecrista nictitans var. nictitans, Cassia nictitans
USDA Symbol: chni2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug
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 USDA Native Status: L48(N), HI(I), PR(N), VI(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sandy soils.
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
Mr. Smarty Plants says
Native ground cover to replace grass in Florida.
February 04, 2008
Where can I find a list of ground covers to replace my grass. I live in the south of Ocala Florida.
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff