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Illustration Ceratonia siliqua0.jpg
Carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae
Tribe: Cassieae
Genus: Ceratonia

Selected species

Ceratonia /ˌsɛrəˈtniə/[1] is small genus of flowering trees in the pea family, Fabaceae, endemic to the Mediterranean region and the Middle East. Its best known member, the carob tree, is cultivated for its pods and has been widely introduced to regions with similar climates. The genus was long considered monotypic, but a second species, Ceratonia oreothauma, was identified in 1979 from Oman and Somalia.[2] It belongs to the subfamily Caesalpinioideae, tribe Caesalpinieae.[3]

An obsolete name for Ceratonia was Acalis.


  1. ^ Sunset Western Garden Book, 1995:606–607
  2. ^ "Ceratonia oreothauma". D. Hillcoat, G. Lewis and B. Verdcourt Kew Bulletin Vol. 35, No. 2. 1980. Retrieved 2015-04-04. 
  3. ^ "Ceratonia L.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2007-04-03. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 


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