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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Sophora

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Fabales > Fabaceae > Subfamily: Papilionoideae

About 60-70 species (warm regions worldwide), with three species native to southern Africa, and an additional four species that are cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Sophora inhambensis


Sophora tomentosa

Recorded from Mozambique.


Sophora velutina

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Sophora davidii

Native to China.


Sophora microphylla

Native to New Zealand.

Sophora mollis

Native to Asia. Includes subspecies griffithii (recorded as Sophora griffithii in Glen, 2002).


Sophora tetraptera (New Zealand laburnum, Kowhai)

Native to New Zealand.




  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.