|Etymology||Genus||Deformed moon; referring to the sensitive leaves which will close on touch|
|Common Names||Shy Leaf|
|Native Distribution||America (United States to Argentina)|
Aeschynomene americana is an erect shrub common in scrublands. The pinnate leaves tapers like a lance. It is easy to identify from the red flowers which come with a yellow centre. The fruit pod have segments that are curved at one end.
The species bears some similarity to Aeschynomene indica, another common shrub. However, the latter has yellow flowers with a red centre, and squarish pod segments.
An atypical form of the Shy Leaf. It is normally an upright shrub.
Compound leaf tapers to a point.
Hairs on the stem.
Red flower with yellow centre.
Pods with curved segments.