Sophora cassioides

Sophora cassioides is a legume tree native to Chile.[1]


It is an endemic from South Chile and Gough Island.[2] In South America it is found between Constitución and Puyuhuapi. It prefers shady places in Myrtaceae stands, alongside Drymys, Caldcluvia, and other hygrophyllous species. Putative hybrids with Sophora macrocarpa have been described at Bullileo (Linares). It is also found in coastal areas associated with the Peumus boldusPersea lingue alliance.[3]


Sophora represents a polyphyletic assemblage. Series Tetrapterae (sensu Tsoong & Ma[4][5]), including Sophora cassioides and Sophora macrocarpa, forms a monophyletic group with Eurasian species like as Sophora flavescens Ait. and Asian Sophora alopecuroides L., suggesting a west or northwest Pacific origin.[6][7][8] The genus Sophora is estimated to have arrived in New Zealand 9.6–8.9 million years ago (in the Neogene).[6]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Heenan PB. (2001). "The correct name for Chilean pelú (Fabaceae): the identity of Edwardsia macnabiana and the reinstatement of Sophora cassioides". New Zealand J Bot 39 (1): 167–170. doi:10.1080/0028825X.2001.9512725. 
  2. ^ Wace NM. 1961. The Vegetation of Gough Island Ecological Monographs, 31: 337–367.
  3. ^ Smith-Ramírez C, Armesto JJ, Valdovinos C. (2005). Historia, biodiversidad y ecología de los bosques costeros de Chile [History, biodiversity, and ecology of the coastal forests of Chile] (in Spanish). Santiago, Chile: Editorial Universitaria. p. 708. ISBN 9789561117778. 
  4. ^ Tsoong P-C, Ma C-Y. (1981). "A study on the genus Sophora Linn.". Acta Phytotaxon Sin 19 (1): 1–22. 
  5. ^ Tsoong P-C, Ma C-Y. (1981). "A study on the genus Sophora Linn. (Cont.)". Acta Phytotaxon Sin 19 (2): 143–167. 
  6. ^ a b Hurr KA, Lockhart PJ, Heenan PB, Penny D. (1999). "Evidence for the recent dispersal of Sophora (Leguminosae) around the Southern Oceans: molecular data". J Biogeog 26 (3): 565–577. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2699.1999.00302.x. JSTOR 2656144. 
  7. ^ Heenan PB, de Lange PJ, Wilton AD. (2001). "Sophora (Fabaceae) in New Zealand: taxonomy, distribution, and biogeography". New Zealand J Bot 39 (1): 17–53. doi:10.1080/0028825X.2001.9512715. 
  8. ^ Michell AB, Heenan PB. (2002). "Sophora sect. Edwardsia (Fabaceae): further evidence from nrDNA sequence data of a recent and rapid radiation around the Southern Oceans". Bot J Linn Soc 140 (4): 435–441. doi:10.1046/j.1095-8339.2002.00101.x. 
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