Legume, the fruit characteristic of the order Leguminosae (q.v.), formed from one superior carpel with a pericarp that becomes dry in ripening, bear one row of ovules down its ventral suture, ,ani splits down both sutures into two valves. It some times does this with some violence, so as to dis charge the seeds, as in the furze. In some genen there are transverse septa between the seeds, as i
Cassia, Fistula, and in Astragalus a longitudinal partition.