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Papilionatae (family Leguminosae) One of the 3 subfamilies of Leguminosae, comprising plants in which the leaves are pinnate, trifoliate, or simple. The flowers are usually zygomorphic, the sepals and petals imbricate, the lowest petal innermost in the bud, and there are usually 10 stamens. There are 437 genera and about 11300 species, including many temperate, herbaceous plants.