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Partridge Pea

Radnor Reflections, August 28, 2011

Partridge Pea, Chamaecrista fasciculata, is a member of the Bean Family. In Wildflowers of Tennessee, Jack B. Carman, states that most members of the Bean Family are recognized by their pea-like flowers, leaves that often have noticeable stipules and are pinnately compound with 3 (trifoliate) to numerous leaflets, and the fruits are bean-like pods. My walks at Radnor have led me to learn a new foreign language! Identifying a wildflower is faster if you know family characteristics because it narrows the field of search. I still resort to turning the field identification books page by page most of the time, but I’m getting better.

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  1. It’s good to see a familiar face: we have partridge pea in Austin too, and I saw some flowering just last week.

    You’re right that botanizing amounts to learning a new foreign language. (A little knowledge of Latin can go a long way.)

    Steve Schwartzman
    http://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com

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