what is a le gum inous plant ?

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Leguminous plants belong to the family Fabaceae (or Leguminosae). The fruits of this plant are called legumes. Well - known examples of legumes include alfalfa, clover, peas, beans, lentils lupins, mesquites, soy and peanuts. Legume plants are notable for their ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen. This ability in them is due to a mutualistic symbiotic relationship with bacteria (rhizobia)found in their root nodules. These plants are used in a crop rotation to replenish soil nitrogen.
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