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Brush sophora – Sophora fraseri

Common name

brush sophora

Scientific name

Sophora fraseri




Rosopsida (higher dicots)


Fabaceae (Fabaceae)

NCA status


EPBC status


Wetland indicator


Unknown endemicity - native


Sophora fraseri is a subtropical shrub, that normally grows in wet sclerophyll forest and a range of rainforest types. It has been reported growing in hilly terrain on hillslopes at altitudes at altitudes from 60 to 660m, mostly shallow stony to shaly soils, of loam to clay texture derived from sandstone or basalt rocks. Associated species include: Corymbia citriodora, Eucalyptus carnea, E. microcorys, E. acmenoides, E. propinqua and Lophostemon confertus. The shrub appears to prefer growing along rainforest margins, in eucalypt forests in the vicinity of rainforests or in large canopy gaps in closed forest communities (Barker and Borsboom, 1997; Queensland Herbarium, 2012).


Sophora fraseri is a softly pubescent, sparsely branched leguminous shrub, growing 1 to 2 m high. The leaves are pinnate and are 6 to 15 cm long with a petiole 10 to 20mm long. The leaves have 21 to 35 oblong to ovate leaflets 5 to 25 mm long by 3 to 10 mm wide, with entire margins, petiolules 1 to 2 mm long, with an obtuse or retuse apex. The flowers occur in terminal racemes, 5 to 13 cm long, with 5 to 10 mm long pedicels. The calyx is 4 to 6 mm long, the corolla is pale yellow and 9 to 15mm long. The pod is moniliform, indehiscent, 3 to 10 cm long, up to 8 mm in diameter, sparsely hairy, irregularly constricted between the seeds. There are 2 to 7 seeds, approximately 6mm long (Stanley and Ross, 1983; Harden, 2002).
Sophora fraseri is a fairly distinctive species with its pinnate leaves with numerous leaflets, yellow flowers, plump seeds and pods which are very constricted between the seeds, giving the appearance of a string of beads (QCRA/RFA, 2008).


Flowering of Sophora fraseri has been recorded in April and from late August to mid November. Fruiting has been recorded in January, April, July-August and November (Barker and Borsboom, 1997; Queensland Herbarium, 2012).


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Threatening Processes

The main identified threats to Sophora fraseri are loss of habitat through clearing for agriculture and development; timber harvesting activities; weed infestation, such as Lantana (Lantana camara); grazing by livestock; inappropriate fire regimes as too frequent fire depletes the soil seed banks; and localised extinction of small populations (Forster et al. 1991; Barker and Borsboom, 1997).

Human uses

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Barker, M. and Borsboom, A. (1997). Sophora fraseri Species Management Profile. Department of Environment and Resource Management:.
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPC) (2012). Sophora fraseri in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Canberra. Accessed 22/02/2012.
Forster, P.I., Bostock, P.D., Bird, L.H. and Bean, A.R. (1991). Vineforest Plant Atlas for South-East Queensland, p. A375. Queensland Herbarium, Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage.
Harden, G.J. (ed.) (2002). Flora of New South Wales Volume 2 Revised Edition. UNSW, Sydney.
NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) (2005). Brush Sophora - Profile. Accessed 23/02/2012.
Queensland CRA/RFA Steering Committee (QCRA/FRA) (1998). Survey of Threatened Plant Species in South East Queensland Biogeographical Region. Queensland Government and Commonwealth of Australia. [Online].
Queensland Herbarium (2012). Specimen label information. Queensland Herbarium. Accessed 11/01/2012.
Stanley, T.D. and Ross, E.M. (1983). Flora of south-eastern Queensland, vol. 1, Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Brisbane.


Occurs in the following Queensland pastoral districts: Burnett, Darling Downs, Moreton, Port Curtis, Wide Bay. Also occurs in the following regions: New South Wales.

Further resources

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Brush sophora – Sophora fraseri, WetlandInfo, Department of Environment and Science, Queensland, viewed 18 November 2018, <>.

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