Pictured above is the seed pod of partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata). The common name reportedly derives from the biological confusion of the early European settlers, who were unfamiliar with quail and thought them to be partridge. Gamebirds and songbirds eat the small, flat black seeds. When fully ripe, the seed pod will split length-wise (dehisce longitudinally) to distribute the seeds – a character of all plants in the pea family (Fabaceae)
This fruiting plant is located just to the east of the entrance to the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory near the fruiting pond apple.
This wonderful annual wildflower also is in flower now, attracting bees and butteflies.