Environmental Impact Research Program. PARTRIDGE PEA (Cassia fasciculata). Section 7.3.3. US Army Corps of Engineers Wildlife Resources Management Manual.
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS ENVIRONMENTAL LAB
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A plant materials report on partridge pea Cassia fasciculata is provided as Section 7.3.3 of the US Army Corps of Engineers Wildlife Resources Management Manual. The report was prepared as a guide to assist Corps biologists and resource managers in the selection, cultivation, and management of suitable plant materials for habitat development and wildlife management projects. Topics covered for partridge pea include description, distribution, habitat requirements, wildlife value, establishment, maintenance, and cautions and limitations. Partridge pea is a native annual legume that frequently volunteers on disturbed sandy soils. In association with other legumes, it provides food and cover for several species of wildlife, especially the northern bobwhite Colinus virginianus. Diagnostic features of partridge pea are described, and similar species of Cassia are noted. Habitat and soil preferences and tolerances to moisture and shade are described. Procedures for enhancing natural stands of partridge pea and developing food plots are given under the heading Establishment topics covered include site selection, site preparation, propagule selection, planting methods, and production. Maintenance requirements and management cautions are discussed.
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