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partridge pea

noun
1.
a North American plant, Cassia fasciculata, of the legume family, having yellow flowers and feathery compound leaves that fold shut when touched.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90, Americanism; probably so called because its fruit provides food for partridges
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  • In later stages of growth, partridge pea can be unpalatable and even toxic to cattle.
  • Quail favor annual plants such as ragweed, partridge pea and foxtail, although they'll eat a great variety of seeds and insects.
  • With the exception of partridge pea, false-foxgloves and a few others, annuals are rare in undisturbed prairie sod.
  • partridge pea is another well-known bobwhite favorite, which reseeds itself well.
  • Fire favors plants such as partridge pea, beggarweed, other legumes and runner oak.

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