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Feb 2006 PARTRIDGE PEA
N. Walker

Partridge Pea, Chamaecrista fasciculata or nictitans is an upright legume with yellow flowers and blooms throughout the summer. It is common on sandy soils in pastures and open woods. The seeds are a good quail food and are eaten by many other species of birds. It is eaten by livestock and browsed by white-tailed deer. It can be mildly poisonous to some livestock when consumed in large quantities, but deer seem unaffected. The leaves close at night and may partially close when touched. There is another species, C. nictitans that is similar.