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Kowhai Blooms with Leaf Buds.jpg
full blooming kowhai before the leaves have budded
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Sophoreae
Genus: Sophora
Type species
Sophora tomentosa

About 60-70 species

Kowhai are small, woody legume trees in the genus Sophora. They are native to New Zealand. There are eight species. Kowhai is the common name in Māori language used in New Zealand. In South Island grows Sophora microphylla, and in the North Island a larger leaflets species, i.e. S.tetraptera.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Sophora L". TROPICOS. Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 

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