Dodonaea hexandra F.Muell

Horned Hop-bush

Trans. & Proc. Victorian Inst. Advancem. Sci. 1: 117 (1855)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Dioecious, viscid, spreading shrub to 0.6 m high; branches intricate; branchlets angular and furrowed, usually puberulent. Leaves simple, sessile, linear, 4–14(–35) mm long, 0.5–2 mm wide, channelled below, convex above, acute, margins strongly revolute, entire, glabrous, viscid. Flowers axillary or terminal, solitary, rarely paired; pedicels 1–2 mm long; sepals 3, ovate, 1.5–3.6 mm long, persistent; stamens 6, c. equal in length with sepals; ovary glabrous. Capsule 3-angled, globose or angular-obovate in outline, 5–7 mm long, 5–8 mm wide, glabrous, appendages often absent, or if present, lobe-like at capsule apex, to 0.5 mm wide, crustaceous; seeds subglobose, 1.6–2 mm long, black, shiny; aril white, infundibular Flowers and fruits autumn and winter.

LoM, MuM. Also SA. Known in Victoria from only a few, recent collections in the Sunset Country, where growing in Eucalyptus incrassata and Melaleuca uncinata woodland communities on sand-dunes.

The above description based largely on South Australian material.

Source: Duretto, M.F. (1999). Sapindaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-13
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Sapindales
family Sapindaceae
genus Dodonaea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Dodonaea hexandra in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Dodonaea hexandra in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native

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