Aeschynomene virginica

Virginia jointvetch
sensitive joint-vetch
northern jointvetch
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The sensitive jointvetch is an annual legume native to the eastern United States. Populations currently exist in Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Virginia. The historical range for the species extended to Delaware and Pennsylvania. In Virginia, populations are found along the Potomac, Mattaponi, Pamunkey, Rappahannock, Chickahominy, and James Rivers and their tributaries. This plant usually attains a height of three to six feet in a single growing season, but may grow as tall as eight feet. The flowers are yellow, streaked with red and the fruit is a pod, turning dark brown when ripe.

Scientific Name

Aeschynomene virginica
Common Name
Virginia jointvetch
sensitive joint-vetch
northern jointvetch
FWS Category
Flowering Plants

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