41. Caragana liouana Zhao Y. Chang & Yakovlev, Fl. China. 10: 539. 2010.
中间锦鸡儿 zhong jian jin ji er
Replaced synonym: Caragana korshinskii Komarov var. ordosica Yakovlev, Bot. Zhurn. (Moscow & Leningrad) 69: 358. 1984, not Caragana ordosica Y. Z. Zhao, Zong Y. Zhu & L. Q. Zhao, Bull. Bot. Res., Harbin 25: 386. 2005.
Shrubs to 1.5(-2) m tall. Branches yellowish gray-green. Stipules spinelike, 4-7 mm. Leaves pinnate, 6-16-foliolate; petiole and rachis 1-5 cm, caducous; leaflet blades elliptic to obovate-elliptic, 3-10 × 4-6 mm, whitish green, both surfaces villous, apex rounded, acute, or rarely truncate. Flowers solitary. Pedicel 1-1.6 cm, articulate apically from middle. Calyx tube campanulate, 7-12 mm. Corolla yellow, 2-2.5 cm; standard broadly ovate to suborbicular, claw ca. 1/4-1/3 as long as limb; wings oblong, claw nearly as long as limb, auricle not prominent. Ovary glabrous. Legume lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, 2.5-3.5 cm × 6-7 mm, flat, apex acute. Fl. May, fr. Jun. 2n = 16*.
● Consolidated and semiconsolidated sand dunes; 900-2400 m. Gansu, N Hebei, Nei Mongol, Ningxia, Shaanxi, W Shanxi.
Most plants identified in herbaria as Caragana intermedia and treated as such in FRPS (42(1): 47. 1993) belong here, but the type of C. intermedia is synonymous with C. korshinskii. Because the specific epithet "ordosica" is already occupied in Caragana, a replacement name is used in recognition of Professor Liou Yingxin (刘媖心) for her work on the Caragana of China.