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Caragana sinica
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Hedysareae
Genus: Caragana
Lam. (1785)
Type species
Caragana arborescens
Sections and species[1][2][3]

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Range of the genus Caragana
  • Aspalathus Amman ex Kuntze (1891), nom. illeg.
  • Halimodendron Fisch. ex DC. (1825)
Flowering caragana (camel's tail) in the south of Buryatia, Russia

Caragana is a genus of about 80–100 species of flowering plants in the family Fabaceae, native to Asia and eastern Europe.

They are shrubs or small trees growing 1–6 m (3.3–19.7 ft) tall. They have even-pinnate leaves with small leaflets, and solitary or clustered mostly yellow (rarely white or pink) flowers and bearing seeds in a linear pod.

Caragana species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including dark dagger.

Sections and species[edit]

Section Bracteolatae[edit]

Section Caragana[edit]

Section Frutescentes[edit]

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Basal species[edit]

Incertae sedis[edit]

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  1. ^ Zhang M, Fritsch PW, Cruz BC (2009). "Phylogeny of Caragana (Fabaceae) based on DNA sequence data from rbcL, trnStrnG, and ITS". Mol Phylogenet Evol. 50 (3): 547–59. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2008.12.001. PMID 19100848.
  2. ^ Zhang M, Fritsch PW (2010). "Evolutionary response of Caragana (Fabaceae) to Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau uplift and Asian interior aridification". Plant Syst Evol. 288 (3–4): 191–199. doi:10.1007/s00606-010-0324-z.
  3. ^ ILDIS records for genus Caragana
  4. ^ Caragana Lam. Plants of the World Online. Retrieved 1 August 2023.
  5. ^ a b c d e These five species form a well-resolved, unnamed phylogenetic clade that may receive a Linnaean name at some future point.
  6. ^ a b c d These species form a grade that may collapse into one or more well-defined clades upon more extensive taxon sampling in molecular phylogenetic analysis.

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