FABACEAE - Bean or Pea Family

Trees, shrubs, or herbs

Leaves pinnate, palmate, or trifoliate

Flowers bisexual, zygomorphic, wings in front of standard

Fruit a legume, rarely a loment

Seed with food reserves in cotyledons

400 genera, 10,000 species, worldwide

Economically important legumes

Glycine - soybean (oil and protein)
Phaseolus - green, kidney and lima beans
Vigna - cowpea, broad bean
Pisum - pea
Medicago - alfalfa
Trifolium - clover
Arachis - peanuts (fruits mature underground)
Lupinus - bluebonnet

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