Legumes produce their fruit as a pod and generally possess nitrogen-fixing bacteria in nodules on their roots. Because of those bacteria, legumes increase soil's nitrogen content. Some examples of legumes are soybeans, peas and alfalfa.


Poinciana, a flowering tree or shrub of warm regions. It has many feathery leaflets and showy, five-petaled blossoms with protruding red stamens.

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  • Acacia


    Acacia, a tree or shrub found in dry tropical or subtropical areas. There are more than 800 species. See more »

  • Alfalfa


    Alfalfa, or Lucerne, a plant of the pea family grown primarily for forage, especially as hay. See more »

  • Bean


    Bean, the edible seed or pod of various plants of the pea family. One of the most nourishing of all vegetables, the bean is a source of proteins and carbohydrates. See more »

  • Chick-Pea


    Chick-pea, an Asiatic herb of the pea family. It produces inflated pods containing one or two wrinkled, pealike seeds. See more »

  • Clover


    Clover, a valuable group of plants of the legume (pea) family. The true clovers are plants with compound leavesusually with three leaflets, but occasionally having four or more. See more »

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    How do Mexican jumping beans work?

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  • Lentil


    Lentil, a small plant of southern Europe, related to the pea. Lentils are little cultivated in North America, but in southern Europe and the Middle East their seeds, also called lentils, are an important food. See more »

  • Licorice


    Licorice, or Liquorice, a perennial plant native to southern Europe and central and western Asia. See more »

  • Peanut


    Peanut, an annual plant of the legume family. Its edible seeds also are called peanuts. See more »

  • Soybean


    Soybean, an annual, leguminous plant. The soybeanalso called soja and stock peais one of the leading farm crops of the United States. See more »

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