Laburnum anagyroides Medik.
Golden chain, golden rain
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Magnoliopsida||Dicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves|
|Subclass||Rosidae||Roses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more|
|Order||Fabales||Legumes (pea and bean families)|
|Family||Fabaceae||Legume family (peas and beans)|
|Genus||Laburnum||An old Latin name mentioned by Pliny for the broad-leaved bean trefoil, a species of Cytisus in the Fabaceae (Thanks to Umberto Quattrocchi)|
|Species||anagyroides||Resembling genus Anagyris|
About plant names...
Golden chain tree was introduced to North America in the early 1500s, favored for its radiant yellow
hanging racemes of flowers.
Identification: Trees are 12-30′ (3.7-9.1 m) in height, with few
branches and a width of 9-12′ (2.7-3.7 m).
Leaves are 1¼-3″ (3.3-7.6 cm), alternate, tripinnate.
Flowers are plentiful bright yellow hanging racemes, 6-10″ (15-25 cm) long. Individual flowers are
bilaterally symmetrical, about ¾″ (1.9 cm) in size.
Flowers appear from May to June.
Fruits resemble hanging clusters of pea pods.
Edibility: Poisonous Seeds, which look somewhat similar to
peas, are poisonous, containing the alkoloid cytisine. Produces nervousness, stomach and intestinal irritation with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea; irregular pulse, convulsions, coma; may be fatal.
Plantillustrations.org (botanical illustrations)
Plants.ces.ncsu.edu (toxicity information)
Laburnum anagyroides description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
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Range: Zones 5-7:
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