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HOPWOOD (Dodonaea viscosa )
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Hopwood

Dodonaea viscosa subsp. brunanniana          Hopwood       Family SAPINDACEAE

   

 

A tall bush 2m or small tree 4m with fibrous bark, sticky leaves and twigs and a distinctive three‑winged papery fruit capsule. A common and widespread plant of exposed areas of lowlands e.g. Malabar Ridge. The species also found in eastern Australia, New Zealand, tropical countries of Sth America and India. The leaves were chewed by Australian aboriginals for relief of toothache. The genus has about 68 species, mainly Australian, with a few in the tropics and subtropics and one in New Zealand. The wood is close grained and was apparently used by natives on some Pacific Islands for making utensils requiring hard, tough wood.

Leaves alternate, narrow oblong‑oblanceolate 7cm x 1.5cm; thin with wavy edges, surface shiny, venation conspicuous. Flowers (May‑Jul) separate male and female plants, flowers small, green, no petals; males 6mm, numerous stamens; female 10mm; with a long style. Both numerous in axillary clusters. Fruit a three‑winged capsule 15mm, with papery wings, drying purple‑brown, containing 4 black seeds.

 
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