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  • proper n. A taxonomic family within the order Fabales — the legumes.


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New Latin Faba ("obsolete genus name of broad beans") +‎ -aceae


  • They seem odd only by comparison to the respectable members of the Fabaceae family, and many have found very happy homes throughout the world.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • Plant endemism in the area is restricted to one species, Apoplanesia cryptantha, in the Fabaceae family.

    Lara-Falcón dry forests

  • Only the sunflower (Asteraceae, or Compositae), legume (Fabaceae, or Leguminosae), and orchid (Orchidaceae) families are larger.


  • The flora includes spectacular proteas, irises, gladioli, perlargoniums, a wide array of flowering succulents, mainly Aizoaceae, many Orchidaceae and useful species of the Fabaceae.

    Cape Floral Protected Areas, South Africa

  • Certain genera have undergone massive diversification — the 10 largest genera account for 21.5 percent of the flora — with the two most speciose being Erica (Ericaceae: 658 species) and Aspalathus (Fabaceae: 257 species).

    Biological diversity in the Cape Floristic Region

  • Gibber plains are normally almost devoid of vegetation, but following rains may be densely covered with ephemeral species, especially Fabaceae, Compositae, and Amaranthaceae.

    Great Victoria desert

  • Genera tend to be exceptionally speciose: Erica and Aspalathus (Fabaceae) and 11 other genera have more than 100 species each.

    Montane fynbos and renosterveld

  • Miombo woodland is distinguished from other African savanna, woodland, and forest formations by the dominance of tree species in the family Fabaceae, subfamily Caesalpinioideae, particularly in the genera Brachystegia, Julbernardia, and Isoberlinia which are seldom found outside miombo.

    Angolan Miombo woodlands

  • Threats include introduced weeds (especially grasses, Iridaceae, Asteraceae, Fabaceae, and Brassicaceae), grazing by introduced and domestic animals, and dieback (or root rot) caused by Phytophthora spp.

    Southwest Australia woodlands

  • Over a fifth of the flora is of species from the Fabaceae and Euphorbiaceae.

    Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, Mexico


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