Fabaceae

▪ plant family
also called  Leguminosae 
  pea family of flowering plants (angiosperms (angiosperm)), within the order Fabales. Fabaceae, which is the third largest family among the angiosperms after Orchidaceae ( orchid family) and Asteraceae (aster family), consists of more than 700 genera and about 20,000 species of trees, shrubs, vines, and herbs and is worldwide in distribution. The most important commercial species include Glycine max ( soybean), Pisum sativum (garden pea), Arachis hypogaea ( peanut [groundnut]), and Medicago sativa ( alfalfa [lucerne]). Most woody species are tropical; herbaceous (i.e., nonwoody) species occur mainly in temperate regions. The leaves usually are pinnately compound (feather formed), sometimes trifoliate (with three leaflets), or palmate (the leaflets radiating from a common point). The leaves of a few species are simple or reduced to scales. The fruit is typically a legume, or pod, which splits open as it dries, releasing the seeds.

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  • Fabaceae — noun a large family of trees, shrubs, vines, and herbs bearing bean pods; divided for convenience into the subfamilies Caesalpiniaceae; Mimosaceae; Papilionaceae • Syn: ↑Leguminosae, ↑family Leguminosae, ↑family Fabaceae, ↑legume family, ↑pea… …   Useful english dictionary

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