The group of pod-bearing land plants that is virtually alone in its ability to fix nitrogen; includes such common plants as peas, beans, clovers, alfalfa, and locust trees but no major cereal grains. (See nitrogen fixation.)
A family of plants including many valuable food and forage species, such as peas, beans, soybeans, peanuts, clovers, alfalfas, and sweetclovers. Legumes can convert nitrogen from the air to nitrates in the soil through a process known as nitrogen fixation. In this data product, we used the term "legumes" to include pinto beans, navy beans, great northern beans, red kidney beans, dry lima beans, black beans, and other beans (blackeye, garbanzo, small white, small red, pink, cranberry, and other beans not elsewhere classified), plus dry peas and lentils.
A family of plants, including many valuable food, forage and cover species, such as peas, beans, soybeans, peanuts, clovers, alfalfas, sweet clovers, lespedezas, vetches, and kudzu. Sometimes referred to as nitrogen-fixing plants, they can convert nitrogen from the air to build up nitrogen in the soil. Legumes are an important rotation crop because of their nitrogen-fixing property.