Scientific Name:
Sophora L., Sp. Pl. 373 (1753)
  • = Edwardsia Salisb. (1808)
Vernacular Name(s):
Kōhai; Kōwhai

Fls large, racemose or panicled; calyx oblique, teeth short; standard broad, wings < keel. Stamens 10, free. Ovary stipitate, ovules ∞; style incurved, stigma terminal. Pods moniliform, elongate, terete or 4-winged, coriac. to woody, ind. or dehiscent by valves. Seeds ± globose, testa hardened. Trees or shrubs with imparipinnate lvs.

[From: Allan (1961) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 1.]

Indigenous (Non-endemic)
Number of species in New Zealand within Sophora L.
Indigenous (Endemic)8
Exotic: Casual2
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