Legume Systematics

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There are over 19,500 legumes species around the world in nearly 770 genera.

Legumes were traditionally organized into three subfamilies (or separate families)

  • Caesalpinioideae (caesalpinioids)
  • Mimosoideae (mimosoids)
  • Papilionoideae (papilionoids)

Recent studies of legume phylogeny, however, have resulted in Fabaceae being reorganized into six subfamilies.

  • Cercidoideae
  • Detarioideae
  • Duparquetioideae
  • Dialioideae
  • Caesalpinioideae
  • Papilionoideae