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Crotalaria retusa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Scorpion Senna (Coronilla emerus) from Dictionaire des plantes suisses 1853

Faboideae is a subfamily of the flowering plant family Fabaceae or Leguminosae. An acceptable alternative name for the subfamily is Papilionoideae,or Papilionaceae when this group of plants is treated as a family.

In most Amorpheae,the flowers are not papilionaceous, as shown here in this Amorpha fruticosa.

This subfamily is widely distributed and members are adapted to a wide variety of environments. Faboideae may be trees, shrubs or herbs. The flowers are usually papilionaceous and root nodulation is very common. Vetch, Laburnum,and Sweet pea are all members of Faboideae.