Eocene Legume Family Leaf Fossil Plant

Leguminosites lesquereuxiana

Division Magnoliophyta, Class: Magnoliopsida, Order Fabales, Family Leguminosales:

Geological Time: Eocene

Size: Leaf: 30 mm

Fossil Site: Green River Formation, Uintah County, Utah

This is an example of a leaf from a member of the Leguminosae (Pea family), one of the largest of families of flowering plants. The family holds several plants of use to man as a food source due to the fact that they harbor nitrogen-fixing bacteria, and so need little to no additional fertilizer.

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