Thursday, August 13, 2009

Are you a night owl or an early bird?

Chamaecrista fasciculata AKA Cassia chamaecrista - partridge pea - sleeping plant.
The leaves look a lot like mimosa pudica whose leaves fold shut when you touch them. However these don't do that although they do fold up at night. I love active plants!
Captain Lewis of Lewis and Clark collected this on the famous expedition on July 18, 1804, as he notes at "N latitude 29".


  1. Gorgeous color on that, Jeanette! And thanks for the background, I hadn't realized L&C wrote about this plant!

  2. It does indeed look like a mimosa.
    What a pretty yellow.

  3. Wonderful work! We have these or one of their cousins here in Florida. I have an abbreviated book on Lewis or Clark's journal(can't remember which one), and their travels and travails are fascinating!


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