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Sophora prostrata - prostrate kowhai

Pea family: Fabaceae

Sophora prostrata is a distinctive small shrubby kowhai with interlacing (divaricating) branches. The leaves are very small and sparse giving this plant the appearance of naked tangled stems. The small flowers are also very sparse and are 2-toned, dull yellow and orange and open only slightly when mature.
An endemic species restricted to the eastern South Island.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up  to 2 m

Arrangement of parts::  asymmetric


Flower size: 10 mm diam. x 20 mm long

Leaf form: divided into 7-9 pair of oblong leaflets

Sepals:  5

Leaf size: up to 2.5 cm with 4 mm leaflets

Petals:  5, yellow

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 10

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairs

Fruit: dry