Kille (Sophora tomentosa - Fabaceae)

Description: This native woody plant sometimes grows up to heights of about 6 m (20 ft). It has compound leaves, with gray-green leaflets 2-5 cm (1-2 in) long, and clusters of yellow flowers that are less than an 2.5 cm (1 in) long. It produces brownish, constricted pods 7-17 cm (3-7 in) long containing 2-8 seeds.

Distribution: Kille is a very widespread tropical seashore shrub. It is found mostly on sandy beaches. In the Marshall Islands, where it is indigenous, it has been reported from Aelōñļapļap, Arņo, Pikinni, Epoon, Jālooj, Kuwajleen, Likiep, Mājro, Ujae, Wūjlañ, Wōjjā, and other atolls.

Uses: Kille is used for fertilizer. The leaves are used for medicine to help a young child who is having trouble learning to walk. The leaves are also used for female medicine.

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