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a genus of small (0.5–2 m tall) deciduous thorny shrubs of the family Leguminosae. The leaves are bipinnate and compound; their stalks harden and turn into thorns. The corolla ranges in color from violet to almost white. The pods are usually obovate. Halimodendron are found mainly in saline soil. Drought-resistant ornamentals, they are suitable for landscape gardening, particularly in arid steppe and semidesert regions. The sole species, H. halodendron, occurs in Iran, Mongolia, and China. In the USSR it grows in the lowlands of the Don, eastern Transcaucasia, Western Siberia, and Middle Asia.