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Legume is a DEHISCENT DRY FRUIT (fruits that have dry pericarp) produced from a monocarpellary, superior ovary. Legume dehisces from both the sutures into two valves (opens along a seam). Because of the exceptional hardness of the seed coat some legumes are like stones.

Examples include beans, peas and peanuts, lentils, garbanzo beans, carob, mesquite etc.


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