Sophora tomentosa subsp. australis Yakovlev
Yakovlev, G.P. (1967) Trudy Leningradskogo Khimiko-Farmacevticheskogo Instituta 21: 54. Type: Port Denison, Queensland, 8.x.1887, F. v. Mueller (LE).
Silver Bush; Sea-coast Laburnum
Seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh. Blaze odour resembling that of beans. Usually flowers and fruits when still at the shrub stage.
Twigs, compound leaf axis and underside of leaflet blades clothed in silvery hairs. Freshly broken twigs emitting an odour like that of beans (Phaseolus vulgaris). Leaflet blades about 25-55 x 19-32 mm.
Two or three cataphylls usually produced before the first true leaves. First few pairs of leaves may be simple, bifoliolate or trifoliolate, hairy on the upper surface. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves with about 5-7 leaflets, leaflet blades ovate or elliptic, apex obtuse, base cuneate to obtuse, upper and lower surfaces whitish from pale hairs; petiole, rhachis of compound leaf, leaflet stalks, stem and terminal bud densely hairy. Terminal leaflets usually larger than the lateral leaflets and each terminal leaflet equipped with a pulvinus on the stalk. Stalk of the terminal leaflet is longer than those of the lateral leaflets. Seed germination time 21 to 28 days.
All plant parts poisonous. Austin, D. F. 1998. Poisonous Plants of Southern Florida.
This species has been used medicinally in Malaysia. Cribb (1981). Of no grazing significance. Roots and seeds have been used for medicinal purposes. Hacker (1990).
Sophora tomentosa L., Species Plantarum 2: 373 (1753). Type: Habitat in Zeylona.