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Genera : 3

Species: 50

Distribution: In subtropical and temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere and in eastern Australia.

Economic Uses: Cultivated as an ornamental and fermented in Japan as an alcoholic drink.

Defining Features of Interest: The family has N fixing bacteria associated with its root nodules and the vegetative parts are covered by a dense layer of peltate scales and stellate hairs and are often thorny.

Fossil Evidence:Fossil pollen in the Paleocene.