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Chamaecrista fasciculata (Michx.) Greene var. fasciculata
partridge pea

General Information
Symbol: CHFAF
Group: Dicot
Family: Fabaceae
Duration: Annual
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Native Status: L48   N
Data Source and Documentation
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Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   


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Jennifer Anderson. United States, IA, Scott Co., Davenport, Nahant Marsh. 2002. Usage Requirements.

©Larry Allain. USGS NWRC. Usage Requirements.

©Thomas G. Barnes. Barnes, T.G., and S.W. Francis. 2004. Wildflowers and ferns of Kentucky. University Press of Kentucky. Usage Requirements.

©Jim Stasz. United States, MD. Usage Requirements.

©G.A. Cooper. Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution, Plant Image Collection. United States, NC, Castle Hayne, S.E. of, Ideal Cement quarry. Usage Requirements.

©Elaine Haug. Provided by Smithsonian Institution, Plant Image Collection. United States, VA, Woodbridge, Occoquan National Wildlife Refuge. Usage Requirements.

©Jeff McMillian. Courtesy of Almost Eden. United States, LA. Usage Requirements.

©Jeff McMillian. Courtesy of Almost Eden. United States, LA. Usage Requirements.



Symbol Scientific Name
CABR26 Cassia brachiata (Pollard) J.F. Macbr.
CACH32 Cassia chamaecrista L., nom. utique rej.
CAFA Cassia fasciculata Michx.
CAFAB Cassia fasciculata Michx. var. brachiata (Pollard) Pullen ex Isely
CAFAD Cassia fasciculata Michx. var. depressa (Pollard) J.F. Macbr.
CAFAF Cassia fasciculata Michx. var. ferrisiae (Britton ex Britton & Rose) Turner
CAFAP Cassia fasciculata Michx. var. puberula (Greene) J.F. Macbr.
CAFAR3 Cassia fasciculata Michx. var. robusta (Pollard) J.F. Macbr.
CAFAR2 Cassia fasciculata Michx. var. rostrata (Woot. & Standl.) B.L. Turner
CAFAT Cassia fasciculata Michx. var. tracyi (Pollard) J.F. Macbr.
CAMI30 Cassia mississippiensis Pollard
CARO17 Cassia robusta (Pollard) Pollard
CARO19 Cassia rostrata (Woot. & Standl.) Tidestr. ex Tidestr. & Kittell
CHBR6 Chamaecrista brachiata Pollard
CHDE14 Chamaecrista depressa (Pollard) Greene
CHFAB Chamaecrista fasciculata (Michx.) Greene var. brachiata (Pollard) Isely
CHLI9 Chamaecrista littoralis Pollard
CHMI13 Chamaecrista mississippiensis (Pollard) Pollard ex A. Heller
CHRO5 Chamaecrista robusta (Pollard) Pollard ex A. Heller
CHRO6 Chamaecrista rostrata Woot. & Standl.
CHTR11 Chamaecrista tracyi Pollard


Click on a scientific name below to expand it in the PLANTS Classification Report.
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 ⁄ Leguminosae – Pea family
Genus Chamaecrista (L.) Moench – sensitive pea
Species Chamaecrista fasciculata (Michx.) Greene – partridge pea
Variety Chamaecrista fasciculata (Michx.) Greene var. fasciculata – partridge pea

Subordinate Taxa

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Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds
Gee Low
Yarrow Low


Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds


Yarrow, G.K., and D.T. Yarrow. 1999. Managing wildlife. Sweet Water Press. Birmingham.
Gee, K.L., M.D. Porter, S. Demarais, F.C. Bryant, and G.V. Vreede. 1994. White-tailed deer: Their foods and management in the Cross Timbers. Ardmore.

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