Caragana oreophila W. W. Sm.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Caragana oreophila' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/caragana/caragana-oreophila/). Accessed 2021-09-28.

Genus

Glossary

calyx
(pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
corolla
The inner whorl of the perianth. Composed of free or united petals often showy.
imparipinnate
Odd-pinnate; (of a compound leaf) with a central rachis and an uneven number of leaflets due to the presence of a terminal leaflet. (Cf. paripinnate.)

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Caragana oreophila' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/caragana/caragana-oreophila/). Accessed 2021-09-28.

A bushy deciduous shrub 3 to 4 ft high; young shoots clothed with soft white wool, which persists to the second year, becoming darker. Leaves equally pinnate, 1 to 112 in. long, made up of four to eight pairs of leaflets, the main-stalk stiff, woody, clothed with white wool except at the spiny tip, persisting and becoming transformed into a slender naked spine the second year. On the second-year and older shoots the leaves are borne in clusters and their main-stalk does not become spiny. Leaflets oval, pointed, 14 to 38 in. long, clothed with grey silky hairs on both surfaces. Flowers solitary on a stalk 35 in. long, the corolla of the usual pea-flower shape, orange-coloured suffused with brown, about 1 in. long. Calyx tubular, with erect, awl-shaped teeth, about 12 in. long, silky. Seed-pods 34 to 1 in. long, woolly.

Native of W. China, discovered by Forrest in ‘open alpine pasture on the mountains in the north-east of the Yangtze Bend’; introduced in 1913. It is a neat-looking shrub, interesting for the whiteness of its young shoots and leaves and closely related to C. franchetiana. Like all the caraganas it should be given as sunny a spot as possible.