Vascular – Exotic
Dicotyledonous Trees & Shrubs
Sophora chathamica and S. microphylla. Chilean Pelu (S. cassioides) is often sold by nurseries as Sophora microphylla cv. Goldilocks. It can be recognised by its dark, glossy green, round leaflets which are evenly spaced at the base and become overlapping toward the apex of the leaf, and also by its smaller flowers, which open very widely.
South America (Chile), Gough Island. Until recently this species was referred to S. microphylla, a species to which it is certainly allied but nevertheless easily distinguished.
sophora: After the Arabic name for a similar tree
Reason For Introduction
Life Cycle Comments
A slow growing tree
Water or gravity
Very cold and wind tolerant. Can tolerate drought and other extremes of weather.