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Dodonaea triangularis (SAPINDACEAE) Triangle Leaf Hop Bush

Fruit and foliage

Dodonaea
Photo: Robert Whyte

Shrub to 3 m high in dry sclerophyll forest.

Leaves obovate to oblanceolate, to 3.5 cm long and 30 cm wide, apex acute and usually 3-toothed, base attenuate or broadly cuneate, margins entire.

Flowers solitary or in 3-6-flowered axillary or terminal cymes.

Fruit is a capsule 3- or rarely 4-angled, 6-9 mm long sparsely hairy or sometimes not.

These Dodonaeas all have hop like flowers and fruit in thin paperlike membranes hence the common names.

Dodonaea triangularis is a good screen plant, relatively fast growing and hardy, but suffers when waterlogged.