Photographer: Scott B. Sauer
Chamaecrista fasciculata (Michx.) Greene
golden cassia, locust-weed, partridge pea, sleeping-plant
Chamaecrista: from Greek, meaning "low crest"
fasciculata: meaning "of bundles"
|Plant: ||erect, annual, 4"-36" tall forb with fine hairs|
|Flower: ||yellow, 5-parted, 1/2"-3/4" wide, petals mostly equal, 4 with red at the base and 10 very unequal stamens; inflorescence a 1"-6", leafy cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers; blooms July-Sept.|
|Fruit:||flat, straight, pod readily opening when mature|
|Leaf:||alternate, pinnately-divided into 5-18 pair of leaflets|
|Habitat: ||full to partial sun; dry; meadows, prairies, inland sands; in sandy, loamy soil|