Feb. 20, 2022

Florida Keys partridge-pea, Chamaecrista deeringiana

The flowers of Florida Keys partridge-pea are an inch or a little more across. They always seem to be a little out of kilter, with petals that can look out of place, and stamens pushed to one side. One almost wants to reach out and fix them. Now that would be an interesting pollination syndrome! Actually, these plants have discovered that we are not its friends. Their range is much reduced from its original size, and they probably are extirpated from the Keys and Big Cypress Preserve. Florida Keys partridge-pea has been recorded from AL, FL, GA, and MS. Miami Dade Co FL, 3/21/16. Bean family, Fabaceae.