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The final characteristics of a soybean plant are variable, with factors such as genetics, soil quality, and climate affecting its form; however, fully mature soybean plants are generally between 51–127 cm (20–50 in) in height Soybeans form inconspicuous, self-fertile flowers which are borne in the axil of the leaf and are white, pink or purple.
Depending of the soybean variety, node growth may cease once flowering begins.
Soybean seeds come in a wide variety sizes and hull colors such black, brown, yellow, and green.
The hull of the mature bean is hard, water-resistant, and protects the cotyledon and hypocotyl (or "germ") from damage.
is a species of legume native to East Asia, widely grown for its edible bean which has numerous uses.
Fat-free (defatted) soybean meal is a significant and cheap source of protein for animal feeds and many packaged meals.
Subsequent to this first pair, mature nodes form compound leaves with three blades.
Mature trifoliolate leaves, having three to four leaflets per leaf, are often between 6–15 cm (2.4–5.9 in) long and 2–7 cm (0.79–2.76 in) broad.
Nodulation typically continues for 8 weeks before the symbiotic infection process stabilizes.Raw soybeans, including the immature green form, are toxic to all monogastric animals.Most soy protein is a relatively heat-stable storage protein.Strains that continue nodal development after flowering are termed "indeterminates" and are best suited to climates with longer growing seasons.
The fruit is a hairy pod that grows in clusters of three to five, each pod is 3–8 cm (1.2–3.1 in) long and usually contains two to four (rarely more) seeds 5–11 mm in diameter.Soy vegetable oil, used in food and industrial applications, is another product of processing the soybean crop. The first stage of growth is germination, a process which first becomes apparent as a seed's radicle emerges.