Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae

Fabaceae - Pea and bean family

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs, climbers or, most often, herbs. Leaves alternate, most often pinnate or pinnately 3-foliolate, less often digitately 3-foliolate, occasionally 1-foliolate, simple or digitate; pulvinus always present at the base of each leaflet, and usually present at base of petiole. Inflorescences of racemes or panicles, less often umbellate, capitate or spicate. Fls zygomorphic, papilionaceous, with a large, often erect, adaxial petal (standard), two lateral petals (wings) parallel with each other, and two lower petals, which are often connate by their lower margins to form a keel. Sepals united at base. Petals imbricate in bud. Stamens usually 10, rarely fewer, either all fused (monadelphous) or 1 free and 9 fused (diadelphous) or rarely all free. Pods various. Seeds without areoles.

Worldwide: 313 genera and 8,100 species, cosmopolitan

Ulex europaeus

Links to genera: (50)

GenusContent
Adenocarpus DC.
Anthyllis L.
Arachis L.
Astragalus L.
Baptisia Vent.
Biserrula L.
Caragana Fabr.
Chamaecytisus Link
Cicer L.
Colutea L.
Coronilla L.
Cytisus Desf.
Desmodium Desv.
Dorycnium Mill.
Galega L.
Genista L.
Glycine Willd.
Glycyrrhiza L.
Hedysarum L.
Hippocrepis L.
Hymenocarpus Savi
Lablab Adans.
Laburnum Fabr.
Lathyrus L.
Lens Mill.
Lotononis (DC.) Eckl. & Zeyh.
Lotus L.
Lupinus L.
Medicago L.Description
Melilotus Mill.Description, Image
Onobrychis Mill.
Ononis L.
Ornithopus L.
Oxytropis DC.
Phaseolus L.
Pisum L.
Psoralea L.
Robinia L.
Scorpiurus L.
Securigera DC.
Sesbania Adans.
Spartium L.
Tetragonolobus Scop.
Thermopsis R. Br.,
Trifolium L.Description
Trigonella L.
Ulex L.Description, Image
Vicia L.
Vigna Savi
Wisteria Nutt.

Other sources of information about Fabaceae:

UK Flora: cultivated Fabaceae page
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Fabaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, 2008-18

Hyde, M.A. (2018). UK Flora: Family page: Fabaceae.
http://www.ukflora.info/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=197, retrieved 26 May 2018

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