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A picture of a Sophora


Sophora spp.

Sophora-microphylla-flowers by Grapeman4 (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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A photo of Sophora
A photo of Sophora


Sophora is a genus containing 61 small deciduous tree and shrub species in the pea family, Fabaceae. This genus is widely distributed and many of these species have a long use in traditional Chinese medicine. Others are native to New Zealand where they are known by their Maori name Kōwhai. Species from the related genus Styphnolobium are often incorrectly called Sophora spp.