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

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Caragana sinica
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Hedysareae
Genus: Caragana
Type species
Caragana arborescens
Sections and species[1][2][3]

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Caragana distribution.svg
Range of the genus Caragana
Flowering caragana (camel's tail) in the south of Buryatia, Russia

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 speciesEdit

Section BracteolataeEdit

Section CaraganaEdit

Section FrutescentesEdit

Unnamed sectionEdit

Basal speciesEdit

Incertae sedisEdit

Range mapsEdit


  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. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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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