Loment

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A loment (or lomentum) is a type of indehiscent[1] legume fruit that breaks apart at constrictions occurring between segments, so that each segment contains one seed.[2] It is a type of schizocarp.[1]

Tick trefoil (Desmodium) and sweet vetch (Hedysarum) are two genera that exhibit this fruit type, which is found particularly in the Hedysareae tribe of the family Fabaceae.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bell, A.D. (1997). Plant form: an illustrated guide to flowering plant morphology. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press. 
  2. ^ Beentje, H. (2010). The Kew Plant Glossary: an Illustrated Dictionary of Plant Terms. illustrated by Williamson, J. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Kew Publishing.