• Robert L. Carlton


the principal family of plants in the order Fabales. The most prominent subfamilies are the Papilionoideae and Mimosoideae, important for their role in fixing atmospheric nitrogen in concert with symbiotic bacteria such as the Rhizobiales. The earliest-known fossil specimens have been found in Paleocene strata, but the family’s roots go back to the radiation of angiosperms in the Early Cretaceous. Global distribution, Paleocene to Recent.

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  • Robert L. Carlton
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  1. 1.SalemUSA

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