Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Sicklepod - Senna obtusifolia   (L.) Irwin & Barneby
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Author(L.) Irwin & Barneby
DistributionCoastal Plain, Sandhills, and Piedmont; rare in the Mountains.

Native of Neotropics (probably, says Weakley 2018); in N.A. MA to WI and NE, south to FL and TX; also CA.
AbundanceVery common in much of the Coastal Plain, and fairly common to common in the Sandhills and Piedmont; rare in the upper Piedmont and Mountains.
HabitatCrop fields (fallow or not), roadsides, waste areas, disturbed ground, barnyards, lawn near bird feeder (Jackson Co.).
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting July-September (-November).
IdentificationSicklepod is a handsome plant 1-2 feet tall, with well-spaced leaves that are divided into 2-3 pairs of leaflets. The terminal leaflet is lacking. Flowers are golden yellow, perhaps an inch across in 5 spreading petals (i.e., not "pea" shaped). The pods are very long, slender, and decurved. This is a very numerous weed growing within various croplands in the Coastal Plain.
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B.A. SorrieRoadside edge of fallow field, Camden County, November 2017. CamdenPhoto_non_natural
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