Narrow-leaf Hop-bush
Bunch of Male Flowers
Ellura
Narrow-leaf Hop-bush
Fruit & Leaf
 
    
Narrow-leaf Hop-bush (Dodonaea viscosa ssp angustissima)Class: Plant (Plantae) - Shrubs & Bushes
Order: Sapindales
Family: Soapberry (Sapindaceae)
Species: Narrow-leaf Hop-bush (Dodonaea viscosa ssp angustissima)
This Photo:     Male Flowers Drying

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
A plain looking, woody, large bush.
But after it has flowered, it is covered in red fruit (with wings). Similar shape to Zygophyllum fruit, but very red.
The red jewel bugs hide well in the bush at this time of year.
Leaves are reasonably small, long and thin.
We have masses of these; such that after fruiting is over the ground is covered in a carpet of fallen fruit.
The fruit is not your typical fleshy variety; rather thin leaf like material with a seed in the middle of the wings.
More a seed pod with wings than fruit.

Copyright © 2012- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 24-Oct-2012
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)