Definitions for fabaceae
Leguminosae, family Leguminosae, Fabaceae, family Fabaceae, legume family, pea family(noun)
a large family of trees, shrubs, vines, and herbs bearing bean pods; divided for convenience into the subfamilies Caesalpiniaceae; Mimosaceae; Papilionaceae
The Fabaceae or Leguminosae, commonly known as the legume, pea, or bean family, are a large and economically important family of flowering plants. The group is the third-largest land plant family, behind only the Orchidaceae and Asteraceae, with 730 genera and over 19,400 species. The largest genera are Astragalus, Acacia, Indigofera, Crotalaria, and Mimosa. Plants of this family are found throughout the world, growing in many different environments and climates. A number are important agricultural and food plants, including Glycine max, Phaseolus, Pisum sativum, Cicer arietinum, Medicago sativa, Arachis hypogaea, Ceratonia siliqua, and Glycyrrhiza glabra. A number of species are also weedy pests in different parts of the world, including: Cytisus scoparius, Ulex europaeus, Pueraria lobata, and a number of Lupinus species.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The large family of plants characterized by pods. Some are edible and some cause LATHYRISM or FAVISM and other forms of poisoning. Other species yield useful materials like gums from ACACIA and various LECTINS like PHYTOHEMAGGLUTININS from PHASEOLUS. Many of them harbor NITROGEN FIXATION bacteria on their roots.
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