Description: Shrubs or trees.
Leaves alternate, imparipinnate; stipules small.
Inflorescenses racemes, simple and terminal or forming terminal panicles; bracts small, caducous. Calyx tubular, teeth small. Standard broad, erect; wings oblong, erect; keel similar to wings, scarcely fused. Stamens free or diadelphous and sheath fused less than halfway. Ovary shortly stipitate; style incurved; stigma terminal.
Fruit moniliform, terete or ± compressed, ± woody, often indehiscent; seeds apparently without aril.
Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 50 species, tropical to temperate regions. Australia: c. 3 species (1 species endemic), Qld, N.S.W., N.T.
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxa not yet included in identification key
| ||Key to the species|| |
|1||Leaves with more than 20 leaflets; leaflets usually less than 20 mm long||Sophora fraseri|
|Leaves with less than 20 leaflets; leaflets mostly more than 20 mm long||Sophora tomentosa|