Dodonaea viscosa subsp. spatulata (Sm.) J.G.West

Sticky Hop-bush

Brunonia 7: 43 (1984) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect to spreading shrub to 4 m. Leaves sessile or petiolate, usually obovate, sometimes spathulate, rarely elliptic, 2.3–7.5(–9) cm long, 6–10(–18) mm wide, broadly acute to obtuse, sometimes rounded, shortly apiculate, entire or irregularly sinuate or irregularly and minutely dentate; lateral venation usually conspicuous on lower surface; petiole, when present, 1–10 mm long.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Found mainly in southern parts of Victoria in higher rainfall areas in a variety of habits including open-forest, open woodland and mallee shrublands.

Subsp. spatulata is the most variable subspecies, especially in leaf morphology. Populations in the Grampians and surrounding ranges differ from other populations in having obovate leaves that are slightly thicker, broader and more rigid with variously and minutely dentate margins. Plants from the Warrandyte area tend to have larger leaves than other populations. The subspecies intergrades with subspp. cuneata and angustissima.

See description for Dodonaea viscosa for features of the species.

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, 2019-07-26
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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 viscosa subsp. spatulata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Dodonaea viscosa subsp. spatulata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory