sensitive joint-vetch (Aeschynomene virginica)

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Listing Status:   

Where Listed: WHEREVER FOUND

General Information

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.

  • States/US Territories in which the sensitive joint-vetch, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur:  Maryland , New Jersey , North Carolina , Virginia
  • US Counties in which the sensitive joint-vetch, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur:  View All
  • USFWS Refuges in which the sensitive joint-vetch, Wherever found is known to occur:  James River National Wildlife Refuge, Presquile National Wildlife Refuge, Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge
 
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
05/20/1992 Northeast Region (Region 5) Wherever found

» Federal Register Documents

Federal Register Documents
Date Citation Page Title
07/26/1991 56 FR 34162 34167 ETWP; Proposal to the List Aeschynomere virginica (Sensitive Joint-Vetch) as a Threatened Species; 56 FR 34162 34167
12/16/2008 73 FR 76373 76375 Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 7 Listed Species: Notice of review; request for information
09/02/1994 59 FR 45705 Notice of Availability of a Draft Recovery Plan for the Sensitive Joint- Vetch fo Review and Comment
05/20/1992 57 FR 21569 21574 ETWP; Determination of Threatened Status for the Sensitive Joint-Vetch (Aeschynomene virgincia); 57 FR 21569 21574

» Recovery

Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
09/29/1995 Sensitive Joint Vetch View Implementation Progress Final
Other Recovery Documents
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
09/02/1994 59 FR 45705 Notice of Availability of a Draft Recovery Plan for the Sensitive Joint- Vetch fo Review and Comment
  • Notice Recovery Plan Avail.
12/16/2008 73 FR 76373 76375 Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 7 Listed Species: Notice of review; request for information
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
Five Year Review
Date Title
09/25/2013 Sensitive Joint-Vetch (Aeschynomene virginica) 5-Year Review: Summary and Evaluation

» Critical Habitat

No critical habitat rules have been published for the sensitive joint-vetch.

» Conservation Plans

No conservation plans have been created for sensitive joint-vetch.

» Petitions

» Life History

Habitat Requirements

The joint-vetch occurs in fresh to slightly brackish tidal river systems, within the intertidal zone where populations are flooded twice daily. It typically occurs at the outer fringe of marshes or shores; its presence in marsh interiors may be a result of nutrient deficiencies, ice scouring, or muskrat herbivory. The sensitive joint-vetch is found in localities where plant diversity is high and annual species are prevalent. Bare to sparsely vegetated substrates appear to be a habitat feature of critical importance for establishment and growth of this species.

Other

Plants flower from July through September and into October in some years. Fruits are produced from July through late October, concurrent with flowering.

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