Necklace Pod
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Necklace Pod
ntroduced Photo: Shaista Ahmad
Common name: Necklace Pod
Botanical name: Sophora tomentosa    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

Necklace Pod is a beautiful, dense, multi-trunked, 6-10 ft tall shrub. The leaves are a wonderful silvery green color. The odd-pinnately compound leaves consist of 11-21 leaflets that are oval in shape. The leaflets, rachis, petiole and young branch tips are covered with silvery, velvety hairs that gives the plant its silvery appearance. Bright yellow flowers appear in spikes, 4-16 inches long, at the end of branches. Flowers occur periodically throughout the year, which makes it a desired garden plant. These showy flowers open from the base to the elongating tip of the flower spike. Attractive brown seedpods are borne on the plant after flowering ceases, but they can frequently be found on the plant together. These pods are 2-8 inches long and the seeds are so prominent that they look like necklace beads.

Identification credit: Lisa Photographed in Bangalore & Thane.

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