This distinctive vining plant has interesting flowers and an intriguing habit of quickly folding its compound leaves in half
tightly when touched, triggered by sensitive hairs.
The brightly colored flower head is a tightly packed cluster which forms a ball of long pink stamens, tipped with yellow
pollen. I often encounter this unique plant growing along the gravel roads around my home.
The vine is slender but strong, and covered with tiny barbs which can leave scratches on unprotected skin. Wild
turkey eat the leaves of this plant, and Bobwhite Quail eat its seeds.