pea family


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pea family

n.
A large family of plants, the Fabaceae (or Leguminosae), characterized by stipulate, usually compound leaves and often bilaterally symmetrical flowers that develop into pods, and including alfalfa, beans, clovers, peas, and soybeans. Many species contain nitrogen-fixing bacteria in root nodules.
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Noun1.pea family - a large family of trees, shrubs, vines, and herbs bearing bean podspea family - a large family of trees, shrubs, vines, and herbs bearing bean pods; divided for convenience into the subfamilies Caesalpiniaceae; Mimosaceae; Papilionaceae
rosid dicot family - a family of dicotyledonous plants
legume, leguminous plant - an erect or climbing bean or pea plant of the family Leguminosae
Arachis, genus Arachis - a genus of plants with pods that ripen underground (see peanut)
Brya, genus Brya - genus of prickly shrubs and small trees of the Caribbean region; source of a durable hardwood
Centrolobium, genus Centrolobium - a genus of Centrolobium
Coumarouna, Dipteryx, genus Coumarouna, genus Dipteryx - tropical American trees: tonka beans
genus Hymenaea, Hymenaea - genus of tropical American timber trees
genus Melilotus - Old World herbs: the sweet clovers
genus Swainsona, Swainsona - a genus of Australian herbs and subshrubs: darling peas
genus Trifolium, Trifolium - any leguminous plant having leaves divided into three leaflets
family Mimosaceae, Mimosaceae - family of spiny woody plants (usually shrubs or small trees) whose leaves mimic animals in sensitivity to touch; commonly included in the family Leguminosae
Mimosoideae, subfamily Mimosoideae - alternative name used in some classification systems for the family Mimosaceae
genus Physostigma, Physostigma - African woody vines: calabar beans
Caesalpiniaceae, family Caesalpiniaceae - spiny trees, shrubs, or perennial herbs, including the genera Caesalpinia, Cassia, Ceratonia, Bauhinia; commonly included in the family Leguminosae
Caesalpinioideae, subfamily Caesalpinioideae - alternative name in some classification systems for the family Caesalpiniaceae
locust tree, locust - any of various hardwood trees of the family Leguminosae
genus Tamarindus, Tamarindus - widely cultivated tropical trees originally of Africa
family Papilionacea, Papilionaceae - leguminous plants whose flowers have butterfly-shaped corollas; commonly included in the family Leguminosae
Papilionoideae, subfamily Papilionoideae - alternative name used in some classification systems for the family Papilionaceae
wild pea - any of various plants of the family Leguminosae that usually grow like vines
bean plant, bean - any of various leguminous plants grown for their edible seeds and pods
order Rosales, Rosales - in some classifications this category does not include Leguminosae
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Wisteria is part of the pea family but it will reward you in flowers, not veg.
Several of them belong to the pea family, fixing nitrogen in the soil.
Green lentils The lentil is a small pulse and a close cousin of the pea family.
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You will also see the onion family, the pea family, the brassicas (cauliflowers, broccoli and cabbages), the squashes (cucumber, courgettes, MENU: in a melons, marrows) and the sunflower family (lettuce, sunflowers, artichokes).
San Clemente Island lotus is a low growing, sprawling subshrub in the pea family, while the San Clemente Island paintbrush is an erect, hemiparasitic perennial in the broomrape family.
Harvesting Broad Beans THESE large flat beans are among the earliest in the pea family to be ready for harvesting, and some should be ready this month and will taste so much better than many of the tough versions you find in supermarkets.
In this case, like the unrelated members of the pea family, it fixes atmospheric nitrogen, and with the help of a symbiotic fungus nitrogen-rich nodules form on its roots, thus enriching otherwise poor soil for other plants.