Dodonaea bursariifolia F.Muell.

Small Hop-bush

Trans. Philos. Soc. Victoria 1: 8 (1854)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Dioecious or rarely polygamodioecious, spreading shrub to 1.5 m high; branchlets terete to weakly angular, puberulent to glabrous. Leaves simple, more or less sessile, obovate, oblanceolate or oblong, 5–35 mm long, 3–15 mm wide, obtuse or rounded, entire, not viscid, glabrous. Flowers paired or in threes, or rarely in a few-flowered terminal cyme; pedicels 1.5–2.6 mm long; sepals (4 or)5, linear or linear-lanceolate, 1.4–3 mm long, caducous; stamens (5–)8, longer than sepals; ovary glabrous. Capsule 3(–4)-angled, oblong to obovate in outline, 6–9 mm long, 5–8.5 mm wide, glabrous, wings 0.5–1 mm wide, sometimes above the middle of the capsule only, coriaceous, dehiscence septicidal; seed lenticular, 2–2.2 mm long, black, shiny, with hyaline membrane lifting at margin, exarillate. Flowers mostly spring and summer.

LoM, MuF, MuM, RobP, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW. Found in north-west Victoria in semi-arid mallee and Melaleuca uncinata communities on sandy soils.

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, 2019-05-02
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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 bursariifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Dodonaea bursariifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native

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New South Wales