Chamaecristas nictitans
sensitive partridge pea

Chamaecristas nictitans
Chamaecristas nictitans
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Chamaecristas nictitans (Aiton) Muhl.
Common name: sensitive partridge pea
Group: dicot
Family: Fabaceae
Growth type: subshrub; forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 6 - 15"
Foliage: hairless or hairy; leaflets 14-40; oblong, 1/4"-1/2"; sharply pointed, sensitive to touch
Flower: yellow, 1 to 3 in clusters; petal very unequal, stamens 5
Flowering time: summer to fall
Habitat: sandy soil
Range in New Jersey: statewide
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Distribution: Chamaecristas nictitans  distribution