Chamaecrista nictitans

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Chamaecrista nictitans
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Chamaecrista nictitans on Kahoolawe, Hawaii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Chamaecrista
Species: C. nictitans
Binomial name
Chamaecrista nictitans
(L.) Moench

Cassia nictitans L. Chamaecrista procumbens

Chamaecrista nictitans (Sensitive Partridge Pea, Small Partridge Pea or Wild Sensitive Plant)[1] is a herbaceous species of legume widely distributed through the temperate and tropical Americas.[2] It is an annual plant capable of rapid plant movement—its leaflets fold together when touched.[3]

It is similar to Chamaecrista fasciculata except that the leaves are smaller.[1]


  1. ^ a b Miller, James Howard; Miller, Karl V. (2005). Forest plants of the Southeast and their wildlife uses. University of Georgia Press. p. 26. ISBN 978-0-300-12103-2. 
  2. ^ Gargiullo, Margaret B.; Magnuson, Barbara L.; Larry D., Kimball (2008). A field guide to plants of Costa Rica. Oxford University Press. p. 345. ISBN 978-0-19-518824-0. 
  3. ^ "NPIN: Chamaecrista nictitans (Partridge-Pea)". Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. 1 January 2007. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 

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