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Sophora tetraptera flowers and leaves
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Genus: Sophora

Sophora is a genus of about 45 species of small trees and shrubs. It is in the subfamily Faboideae of the pea family Fabaceae. Many students see Sophora as three genera: Sophora, Calia (S. secundiflora) and Styphnolobium (S. japonica).

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