Dodonaea procumbens F.Muell.

Trailing Hop Bush

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

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:EPBC: vulnerable (VU); Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Dioecious or rarely polygamodioecious, prostrate (rarely procumbent, to 50 cm high) shrub to 1.5 m diam.; branches angular or flattened, sometimes weakly ribbed, puberulent, often rooting at nodes. Leaves simple, sessile, angular-obovate to oblanceolate, 8–30 mm long, 4–9 mm wide, acute, rarely acuminate, sometimes tridentate, flat to revolute, usually with (1–)2(–4) irregular teeth mostly on distal half, coriaceous, viscid, sparsely puberulent to glabrous. Flowers solitary or paired, terminal; pedicels 3.5–7.5(–12) mm long; sepals 4–5(–7), linear-lanceolate, often unequal, 2–3 mm long, acute, viscid, caducous; stamens 8–10, longer than sepals; ovary glabrous, or pubescent near apex. Capsule (3–)4-winged, broadly oblong in outline, with undulate valves, 10–13 mm long, 8–10.5 mm wide, glabrous, wings c. 0.5 mm wide, extending from base to apex, crustaceous; seed lenticular, 2.0–3.0 mm long, black, dull, exarillate Flowers summer.

CVU, DunT, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also SA, NSW. Largely confined in Victoria to the south-west (Penola-Dergholm area, Grampians, Lake Fyans) with outlying occurrences near Castlemaine, Avoca, Skipton, Camperdown and extraordinary disjunctions near Sale where very rare and in perhaps also in the upper Murray River area (represented by a single, 1883 specimen of uncertain provenance). Grows in low-lying, often winter-wet areas in woodland, low open-forest and grasslands on sands and clays.

Putative hybrids between D. procumbens and D. viscosa subsp. cuneata occur near Dergholm and in South Australia.

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: Neville Walsh, 2014-09-12
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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 procumbens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Dodonaea procumbens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory