Botanical name: Fabaceae
Botanical name: Fabaceae
Species of Legume
Goat's rues are a small genus of legumes that can be recognized by their pea-like flowers which come in shades of white, blue, or pinkish-red. These showy flowers have made them popular ornamentals, especially in cultivar form. They are known for their strong, highly branched stems.
Brooms are a genus of flowering plants composed of deciduous shrubs and trees. Their Latin name, Genista, refers to the royal Plantagenet dynasty of England while their common name, Brooms, refers to their brushy foliage. They are known for their yellow fragrant flowers and can be found throughout Europe, but have been introduced to North America.
Vetches are a large group of flower plants in the pea family. They grow natively on every continent except Australia and Antarctica. Several varieties of vetches are cultivated for human and animal consumption. A few vetches are grown ornamentally for their beautiful-colored flowers, while many others are important food for caterpillars, butterflies, and moths.
Millettia grow throughout tropical climates all over the world. At least one species is used to produce biofuel, which is sought after because it can be made without the use of fossil fuels. The plants of this genus all contain clusters of lobes attached to central stems.
Fuzzybean are commonly found on disturbed lands in temperate and subtropical North America. Some species of these herbaceous vines are now often used to prevent soil erosion. These plants can be identified by the curled tip of their bottom petal.
Rushpeas are a genus of subshrubs and herbs originating from southern Africa and North and South America. The genus name Hoffmannseggia derives from the 19th-century German botanist Johann Centurius. Some species are classed as weeds because of their ability to form dense stands on disturbed soil.
Spirotropis is a genus of flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceae.
Kidneywoods are a small genus of a little more than a dozen flowering plants. They are deciduous shrubs or small trees that are notable for producing aromatic resins and thin seeds contained by curved seed pods. The genus is native to hot dry habitats in Central and North America.
Parkia is a genus of flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceae. About 35 species were known. Parkias are found throughout the tropics.
Euchresta is a genus of flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceae.
Swainsona is a large genus of flowering plants native to Australasia. There are 85 species, all but one of which is endemic to Australia.
Peavines can be seen growing in tangles of vines across the globe. Initially, the genus was native to the Mediterranean areas, but many home gardeners have imported these plants to their own yards for their stunning flowers. Its roots as an ornamental in North America trace as far back as the 1700s!
Phyllodium is a genus of flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceae.
False indigos have unusual flowers with only one petal. These plants are a food source for many species of moth and butterflies of the large Lepidoptera order, who feed on these plants during their larval stage. The larvae of the leadplant flower moth (Schinia lucens) feed exclusively on false indigos.
Cologania is a genus of flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceae.
Native to south eastern Australia, flat pea occurs in a range of habitats of the coastal regions. They have oblongate pod, and yellow, orange, and pinky-red peas. Papery dark brown scales support the banner of the pea's flower, this completes the semblance to a cooked breakfast. These flowers are displayed on rambling branches, sometimes as a short shrub, often extending prostrate.
Pterocarpus is a pantropical genus of trees in the family Fabaceae.
The flowering shrubs known as retama grow in arid habitats. They have white and dark red, purple, or yellow flowers that sprout from stiff, slender green branches. They are mostly grown as ornamental plants by those who appreciate their flowering blooms and pleasant smell.
Saraca are tropical leguminous trees found in South China and tropical Asia. Some species are cultivated as ornamentals for their colorful red, orange, or yellow flower clusters, as well as for shade. Sometimes they are planted near Buddhist shrines as sacred trees, while others are grown for their light timber (babai) which can be used to make packaging.
Sesbania are often found in wet or aquatic habitats. Usually inhabitants of tropical areas, sesbania are nitrogen fixers, meaning they add nitrogen to soil they are planted in, many are also grown for soil enrichment.
The genus broom has a sole species. This species is native to the Mediterranean in southern Europe, southwest Asia and northwest Africa. Broom is a vigorous, deciduous shrub growing to 2 to 4 m tall with main stems up to 5 cm thick. It has thick, somewhat succulent grey-green rush-like shoots with very sparse small deciduous leaves. In late spring and summer shoots are covered in profuse fragrant yellow pea-like flowers. In late summer, the legumes (seed pods) mature black.
It contains about 200 species. Swartzia is restricted in its geographical distribution to the New World Tropics. The species of swartzia are mostly trees, ranging from small understory treelets to large canopy emergents. Some species, especially in savannas, are mult-stemmed shrubs.