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Partridge Pea, Sleepingplant - Chamaecrista fasciculata


Family: Fabaceae - Pea family Genus Common Name: Partridge Pea Native Status: NativeDicot Annual Herb
Chamaecrista fasciculata - Partridge Pea, Sleepingplant. Bright summer flower whose blossoms arise from the axils of the pinnately-compound leaves, which fold together when touched. Plant to 3 feet tall.

Found in:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV

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Chamaecrista fasciculata

Distribution of Chamaecrista fasciculata in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 20 Sep 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: Robertson County, TN Date: 2009-August-15Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
Partridge Pea does not have your typical pea blossom, with 5 distinct petals which are somewhat unequally sized. 4 of the petals have red marks at the base.
Chamaecrista fasciculata

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2009-July-18Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Blossom, buds, and compound-pinnate leaves of Partridge Pea - Chamaecrista fasciculata
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Chamaecrista fasciculata

Site: Robertson County, TN Date: 2009-August-15Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
Partridge Pea blossoms grow along the stem among the alternate, pinnate leaves.
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Chamaecrista fasciculata

Site: Robertson County, TN Date: 2009-August-15Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-200mm 4-5.6G ED
Colonies of Partridge Pea can be quite colorful when in bloom
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Chamaecrista fasciculata

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