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Published In: Enumeratio Methodica Plantarum 421. 1763. (Sep-Dec 1763.) (Enum. (ed. 2)) Name publication detail

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General/Distribution: A genus with about 80 species distributed in E. Europe and Asia; represented by 10 species in Pakistan.


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Trees or shrubs, leaf paripinnate or digitate, rachis ending in a spine or bristle, leaflets entire; stipules subulate or spinescent. Inflorescence solitary or pedicelled, a 2-3-flowered umbel. Bract and bracteoles often subulate. Calyx obliquely placed on pedicel, teeth deltoid or elongated. Corolla yellow, or whitish red. Vexillum ovate or suborbicular. Wing obliquely oblong. Keel straight, obtuse. Stamens diadelphous, vexillary stamen free, anthers uniform. Ovary sessile, many-ovuled, style straight or slightly incurved, stigma terminal. Fruit sessile, terete, 2-valved, unilocular, many-seeded.

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1 Leaf digitately compound (2)
+ Leaf pinnately compound (4)
2 (1) Peduncle more than 3 mm long (3)
+ Peduncle 3 mm or less long Caragana brevifolia
3 (2) Auricle of the wing 2 mm or less long Caragana versicolor
+ Auricle of the wing more than 3 mm long Caragana aurantiaca
4 (1) Stipules spiny, hard, at least on the old branches (5)
+ Stipules not spiny Caragana gerardiana
5 (4) Young fruit glabrous (6)
+ Young fruit pilose (7)
6 (5) Longest calyx teeth c. 1 mm long Caragana decorticans
+ Longest calyx teeth c. 5 mm long Caragana tragacanthoides var. himalaica
7 (5) Fruit not curved (8)
+ Fruit curved, abruptly ending in a point Caragana ambigua
8 (7) Leaflets 4-6 (9)
+ Leaflets 8-14 (11)
9 (8) Vexillum less than 20 mm long, leaflet obcordate- obovate or obovate-elliptical (10)
+ Vexillum c. 25 mm long, leaflet oblanceolate Caragana conferta
10 (9) Vexillum 15-18, leaflet obcordate-obovate Caragana ulicina
+ Vexillum 10-11 mm long, leaflet obovate-elliptical Caragana brachyantha
11 (8) Leaflets obovate, tip obtuse mucronate (12)
+ Leaflets obovate-elliptic, tip acute, mucronate Caragana brachyantha
12 (11) Fruit not torulose Caragana brevispina Benth. var. brevispina
+ Fruit slightly torulose Caragana brevispina var. catenata
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