from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In New Zealand, either of two trees of the bean family, Sophora tetraptera and Clianthus puniceus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A shrub or small tree (
Sophora tetraptera) of New Zealand and Chile having pendulous racemes of tubular golden-yellow flowers; it yields a hard strong wood.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A small woody
legume treenative to New Zealand that has yellow flowers. It is the national flower of New Zealand.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun shrub or small tree of New Zealand and Chile having pendulous racemes of tubular golden-yellow flowers; yields a hard strong wood
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This morning I looked out the kitchen window while preparing the deified first coffee of the day, expecting to see the gorgeous ochre and sunshine yellow bells of the kowhai.
You see, I took photos of flowering kowhai trees sophora microphylla last week as evidence of spring in New Zealand, for yellow is one of the most striking colours of our spring - it sparkles against new green growth and dew drops, however cold the days might still be right up to the middle of the season.
Tell that to the kowhai, though, which I thought flowered throughout spring.
A kowhai tree has been planted at the Albany campus in memory of Dr Michael McCool.
Dr Eleanor Rimoldi, one of Dr Michael McCool's doctoral supervisors, places soil around a kowhai tree planted in his honour.
Feedback led to the provision of four competing flavours: pineapple custard, banana French toast, kowhai honey and lemon tart.
Lampton Quay is decorated with slightly over-ripe kowhai trees in full bloom; the petals trampled into the street by the suits, and what's left on the trees disheveled by the spring rains.