Fabaceae (Leguminosae) Family:

Fabaceae Lindl.


The plant family Fabaceae was named and described by John Lindley in An Introduction to the Natural System of Botany in 1836.

According to Plants of World Online, there are 768 genera in this family (as of 2-4-21 when I last updated this page). It is commonly known as the legume, pea, or bean family. The number of genera could change as updates are made.

In the beginning of time, well, maybe not that far back, Antoine Laurent de Jussieu named the plant family Leguminosae. He described the name in Genera Plantarum in 1789. This family is now, or maybe I should say once again, a synonym of the family Fabaceae.

OH, I better point this out first. I think, if I read correctly and my brain is not hallucinating, according to the St. Louis Code, the use of BOTH family names is acceptable on a family level… GEEZ!!!! They couldn’t decide which name to use. You can click on Plants of the World Online and read that yourself.

For more information about this family of plants, please click on the links below. The links take you directly to the information about the family.


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