Pea and Bean family
|FORM Herbs, climbers, shrubs and trees. Many species thorny, some with nitrogen fixing bacteria in their roots.
Species 12,000 in our area 230 (Gray); 204 (B&B)43
Distribution Global from the tropics to the artic
Flowers Perfect and irregular,
#Parts 5 joined petals comprised of 1 banner petal, 2 wing petals, and 2 keel petals. 10 Stamens
Leaves Alternate, usually pinnately compound.
This very large (3rd largest) family is traditionally split into three subfamilies, held together by their all having a pod known as a legume. Legumes split into two halves leaving the seeds all in a row