Maryland Wild Senna - Wild Sensitive Plant
Common Sensitive Plant
Cassia nictitans (Linnaeus) Moench
Syn: Chamaecrista nictitans
Fabaceae (Pea) Family

Plant is an upright, smooth perennial. Preferred habitat is damp ditches, brackish lakes and ponds, rich meadows. Distribution is coastal in the Escambia region.

Leaves are alternate on the stem; stalked; lance-like with small leaflets arising along both sides of the stem. Leaf segments are oblong, widest in the middle and taping to the tip with sides less than equal; may also be blunt to nearly rounded.

Flowers are in a raceme at the leaf axil; or arranged in a panicle at the end of a flower stalk; five sepals; five petals; yellow; six to seven stamens. Flowers occur in the summer.

Fruit is a bean.

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