The Fabaceae (pea family) is the third largest family worldwide¹. Fabaceae are recognised from their distinct flower of one large top petal or standard, two wing petals and two keel petals, the leaves are alternate and trifoliate, palmate or pinnate with stipules and … Continue reading
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Lotus corniculatus, Common Bird’s-foot trefoil, mentioned in the ‘Peas in the Wilderness’ blog a few weeks ago, also goes by the evocative names Eggs and Bacon, Ham and Eggs, Tomb Thumb, Fingers and Thumbs, Granny’s Toenails, Dutchman’s Clogs etc. In … Continue reading
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The pea family (Leguminosae or Fabaceae) is one of the largest flowering plant families. It is known for its nitrogen fixing association with Rhizobium that form root nodules allowing conversion of atmospheric nitrogen to nitrate. Four of the commoner legumes … Continue reading