Chamaecrista nictitans

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Chamaecrista nictitans
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Chamaecrista nictitans on Kahoolawe, Hawaii
Scientific classification
C. nictitans
Binomial name
Chamaecrista nictitans

Cassia nictitans L. Chamaecrista procumbens

Chamaecrista nictitans, the sensitive cassia,[1] sensitive partridge pea,[2] small partridge pea[3] or wild sensitive plant,[3] is a herbaceous species of legume widely distributed through the temperate and tropical Americas.[4] It is an annual plant capable of rapid plant movement—its leaflets fold together when touched.[5]

It is similar to Chamaecrista fasciculata except that the leaves are smaller.[3]


  1. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  2. ^ "Chamaecrista nictitans". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b c 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "NPIN: Chamaecrista nictitans (Partridge-Pea)". Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. 1 January 2007. Retrieved 16 August 2010.

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