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Chamaecrista nictitans (L.) Moench ssp. nictitans var. nictitans
sensitive partridge pea



General Information
Symbol: CHNIN2
Group: Dicot
Family: Fabaceae
Duration: Annual
Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Subshrub
Native Status: HI   I
L48   N
Other Common Names: sensitive plant
Data Source and Documentation
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Distribution Map
green distribution legend Present blank legend Absent/Unreported

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Images

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Synonyms

Symbol Scientific Name
CANIC Cassia nictitans L. var. commixta (Pollard & (Maxon) Millsp.
CANIH Cassia nictitans L. var. hebecarpa Fernald
CHNIH Chamaecrista nictitans (L.) Moench var. hebecarpa (Fernald) C.F. Reed
CANI4 Cassia nictitans L.
CHMO4 Chamaecrista mohrii (Pollard) Small ex Britton & Rose
CANIL Cassia nictitans L. var. leiocarpa Fernald
CANIM4 Cassia nictitans L. var. mohrii (Pollard) J.F. Macbr.
CHPR10 Chamaecrista procumbens (L.) Greene
CHMU4 Chamaecrista multipinnata (Pollard) Greene
CAASM Cassia aspera Muhl. ex Elliott var. mohrii Pollard
CHNIL2 Chamaecrista nictitans (L.) Moench var. leiocarpa (Fernald) Moldenke

Classification

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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Fabales
Family Fabaceae – Pea family
Genus Chamaecrista (L.) Moench – sensitive pea
Species Chamaecrista nictitans (L.) Moench – sensitive partridge pea
Subspecies Chamaecrista nictitans (L.) Moench ssp. nictitans – sensitive partridge pea
Variety Chamaecrista nictitans (L.) Moench ssp. nictitans var. nictitans – sensitive partridge pea

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

Threatened and Endangered Information:
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete protected plant list for that location.
New Hampshire
Cassia nictitans
wild sensitive senna
Endangered

Wildlife

Food

Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds
Yarrow Low

Cover

Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds
Yarrow

Sources

Yarrow, G.K., and D.T. Yarrow. 1999. Managing wildlife. Sweet Water Press. Birmingham.

Description of Values

Value Class Food Cover
High Average 25-50% of diet Regular source of cover
Low 5-10% of diet Infrequently used as cover
Minor 2-5% of diet Sparsely used as cover
Moderate Average 10-25% of diet Occasional source of cover