Silver bush, silver bean
Sophora tomentosa, Fam. Fabaceae
A small to medium, open shrub, 3-4m high, with younger stems densely covered with short silver grey hairs.
|Form or habit:||Shrub|
Pinnate, 8-22cm long, with nine to 19 egg shaped leaflets, 1.5-4 x 1.2-3cm, covered with silver grey, woolly hairs.
|Flower description:||Bright yellow pea flowers, borne on erect terminal racemes. August.|
|Fruit description:||Green maturing to brown, pendulous, densely hairy pods, 20 x 0.6-1cm, deeply constricted between the seed to resemble a string of beads. Contains brown, globular seed.|
|Habitat:||Coastal dune, grassland.|
|Distribution||Queensland, New South Wales, Northern Territory, New Guinea, Malesia.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Origin:||Australia, New Guinea, Malesia.|
|Notes:||Will tolerate salt laden winds and would be useful for dune restoration or gardens with deep sandy soil. Propagate from scarified seed.|
|Information sources:||Atlas of Living Australia (2022) Sophora tomentosa L., Townsend K. & the Society for Growing Australian Plant Townsville Branch Inc. (1994) Across the Top: Gardening with Australian Plants in the tropics.|