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Threatened species

Brush Sophora - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Sophora fraseri
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 21 Aug 2018


Brush Sophora is a small sparsely branched shrub growing 1 - 2 m tall, which belongs to the pea family. The whole plant is covered in soft short hairs. Its leaves are 6 - 15 cm long, and consist of 21 - 35 leaflets. The pale yellow flowers have the shape of a typical pea flower, and are arranged in groups at the ends of branches. The seed pods are 3 - 10 cm long and contain two to six seeds.


Bush Sophora occurs north from the Casino district in north-east NSW, where it is very rare. Also in south-east Queensland where it is widespread but not common.

Habitat and ecology

  • Brush Sophora is usually found in wet situations in wet sclerophyll forest or vine forest, often near rainforest.
  • The roots of Brush Sophora contain a number of fungal/mycorrhizal species.
  • Resprouts from fire.
  • Flowers from April until November, fruit occurs from January to November.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Predicted None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Lowlands Known North of Richmond River
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Sandstones Predicted None
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known None
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Predicted None
South Eastern QueenslandWoodenbong Known None