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The name 'Fabaceae' comes from the defunct genus Faba, now included in Vicia. The term "faba" comes from Latin, and appears to mean "bean". That's why Fabaceae contains legumes and many other flowering plants that produce beans. Fabaceae are found everywhere except in high arctic climates and in Antarctica. Fabaceae is the third largest flowering family behind Asteraceae and Orchidaceae. It is also called the legume, pea or bean family.