Species of Fabaceae demonstrate a wide variety in the type of fruits (commonly referred to as "pods") they produce. Technically, the type of fruit produced by members of Fabaceae is known as a legume, defined as a dry, more or less elongate fruit derived from a single carpel that opens or "dehisces" along one or both longitudinal sutures (Judd et al. 2002). Legumes often have a single chamber (unilocular), or they may have two chambers (bilocular, e.g., in species of Astragalus) in the mature fruit, separated by a septum. Here are a few examples of some of the common and some of the more exotic legumes produced by Fabaceae.
Fabaceae FruitsMartin F. Wojciechowski and Johanna Mahn
Judd, W. S., C. S. Campbell, E. A. Kellogg, P. F. Stevens, and M. J. Donoghue. 2002. Plant Systematics, A Phylogenetic Approach, 2nd edition. Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, Massachusetts, USA.
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