Family Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
The Bean Family (Fabaceae, Leguminosae or Papilionaceae) has flowers that
are of an easily recognisable shape. They have five petals with the two
lowest ones more or less joined to form a keel which encloses the stamens and
pistil. The flowers may be single as in the Sweet Pea or in heads as in the
clovers. The fruit is usually a pod enclosing a row of seeds like the
typical pea-pod. Peas, beans, lentils, clover, alfalfa, vetches, peanuts,
wisteria and licorice all belong to this family.
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