Chamaecrista fasciculata  (Cassia f.) partridge-pea Caesalpiniaceae CHFA; Bx, pb (DeCandido 2001); Q (DeCandido 2001); R, c, gr, k, js, lp, t;

   

Chamaecrista fasciculata plant. 2003 © Peter M. Dziuk. Minnesota Wildflowers. minnesotawildflowers.info

Chamaecrista fasciculata plant. 2003 © Peter M. Dziuk. Minnesota Wildflowers. minnesotawildflowers.info (Accessed 12/2017).

Chamaecrista fasciculata is an annual herb, to 75 cm, stems hairy. 

Leaves alternate, evenly pinnate, oblong with 10-18 pairs leaflets, 1-2 cm, linear-oblong, fine, sharp-tipped; with a cup-shaped gland (extrafloral nectary) at the base, stalkless, stipules persistent. 

Chamaecrista fasciculata flowers. 2003 © Peter M. Dziuk. Minnesota Wildflowers. minnesotawildflowers.info

Chamaecrista fasciculata flowers. 2003 © Peter M. Dziuk. Minnesota Wildflowers. minnesotawildflowers.info (Accessed 12/2017).

Flowers yellow, with red markings, slightly irregular, 5-parted, to 3 cm wide, petals slightly unequal, narrow at base, stamens 10, unequal, blooming and fruiting July-Sept. 

Fruit dry, pods 3-6 cm long, flattened. Seeds eaten by some birds and small mammals (Martin et al. 1951). 

Wetland status: FACU. 

Chamaecrista fasciculata fruit. 2003 © Peter M. Dziuk. Minnesota Wildflowers. minnesotawildflowers.info

Chamaecrista fasciculata fruit. 2003 © Peter M. Dziuk. Minnesota Wildflowers. minnesotawildflowers.info (Accessed 12/2017).

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Open, disturbed areas, roadsides, often on sandy soil, pH 6.5-7.5 (USDA 2006).