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Leguminous Tree

Observed: 16th April 2012 By: MrGMrG’s reputation in PlantsMrG’s reputation in PlantsMrG’s reputation in Plants
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When I first saw this tree it seemed to be a Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) from the pinnate leaves and seed pods. However, it turned out to be evergreen. Also, in early May, it had what I assumed were yellow flowers but on enlarging the photo I'm not sure. These were too high up to examine closely at the time. Any ideas?
In mid April 2012 this tree flowered much lower and so, in case anyone is still interested, I have added a close-up of the flowers.

    Likely ID
    Japanese Pagoda Teree (sophora microphylla)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


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Interesting possibility

Thanks for the suggestion. Sophora microphylla would appear to be an unusual tree in this country - it is not even mentioned in Collins Tree Guide, although the closely related S. tetraptera is. Both come from New Zealand and seem to go by the name Kowhai.