Sophora tomentosa—Necklace Pod, Silver Bush—FABACEAE.

Sophora tomentosa

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Habitat— Grows on sea shores and margins of littoral rainforest; not common.

Distribution— North from Port Macquarie in New South Wales into Queensland and Northern Territory.

Description— Shrub or small tree to 5 m high.

Local occurrences


Leaves.— Compound, entire, leaflets 9 to 15, small, terminal leaf present, no oil dots or domatia, tomentose, 10 to 20 cm long; leaflets usually 11 to 17, ovate to ± circular, 20 to 40 mm long, 10 to 30 mm wide, apex obtuse or retuse, margins entire, grayish to white tomentose; petiole 10 to 30 mm long; lateral petiolules 2 to 4 mm long.

Sophora tomentosa
Sophora tomentosa

Inflorescence.—Racemes 10 to 15 cm long; pedicels 5 to 7 mm long. Calyx c. 6 mm long. Corolla 20 to 25 mm long, pale yellow.


Fruit.—Pod moniliform, indehiscent, 10 to 18 cm long, up to 14 mm diam., tomentose, strongly constricted between seeds; seeds 5 to 10, c. 6 mm long.

Ripe.—Spring to Summer.

Sophora tomentosa