Chamaecrista fasciculata (L.)

Partridge Pea, Sleeping-plant

Names and Myths

Chamaecrista  Low crest

fasciculata in bunches

Natural history / Folklore

The plant is listed as mildly toxic when many seeds are eaten. The toxic principle is anthraquinines which result in diarrhea.36 It is readily eaten by upland game birds as suggested by its name.


Yellow pea-like flowers summer and occasionally early fall.

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