Definitions

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  • proper n. A taxonomic order within the class Magnoliopsida — the legumes, milkwort and other related plants..

Etymologies

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From obsolete sense of Faba (“broad bean”) +‎ -ales

Examples

  • First the two most insect-prone families – the economically important Fabales (including the legumes and milkworts) and the Compositae (the daisy or sunflower family) – will be moved into the new wing.

    Kew Gardens: 'Plants are not just beautiful. They help us to survive'

  • The number of species per genus averages eight, although the ten largest genera far exceed this figure: for example, the wattles of the genus Acacia (Mimosaceae, Fabales) possess 397 species (51 percent endemic), while the gums, or Eucalypts, of the genus Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae) possess 246 species (52 percent endemic).

    Biological diversity in Southwest Australia

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