African Plant Database

Sophora tomentosa L.
Protologue : Sp. Pl. 1: 373 (1753)  
Information on the genus : Sophora
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Sophora tomentosa L. subsp. tomentosa
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Sorindeia goudotii Briq. (1916)
Taxon infra-specific
Sophora tomentosa L. subsp. tomentosa
Sophora tomentosa subsp. occidentalis (L.) Brummitt
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Evergreen shrub 1-3 m tall; foliage silvery-grey puberulous to tomentose; leaflets rounded at both ends; flowers yellow; pod 4-8-seeded, narrowed between the seeds. The seeds are able to float for a long time; sea-dispersed.
Ecology : Sandy foreshores just above high water mark, often as a pioneer colonist (sand-binder); mangrove (subsp. occidentalis); near sea-level.
  Madagascar, Seychelles, Comoros, Sri Lanka to China, Polynesia; E Australia (subsp. tomentosa. - S. Tomé; E S. America, Caribbean (subsp. occidentalis).
  Comprises 2 subspp. - Subsp. tomentosa [syn.: Sorindeia gondotii Briq. p.p., lecto excl.] in E Africa (and Asia-Australia) having leaflet undersurface with dense matted indumentum; subsp. occidentalis (L.) Brummitt in W Africa. [see more in the book]
  Disjunct distribution in Africa.
Biol./Eco : Shrub; Humid, Subhumid; uncertain; 0-499 m; distribution: Africa. Asia, Australasia/Pacific, New World,
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see under chg
see under Catalogue de Madagascar
see under Missouri Botanical Garden
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Record n°176930
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