Narrow-leaf Hop-bush
Mass of Green Fruit
Ellura
Narrow-leaf Hop-bush
Dried Fruit on Shrub with Seed
 
                      
Narrow-leaf Hop-bush (Dodonaea viscosa ssp angustissima)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Shrubs & Bushes     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Woody Plants (Sapindales)
Family: Soapberry (Sapindaceae)
Species: Narrow-leaf Hop-bush (Dodonaea viscosa ssp angustissima)
This Photo:     A Red Fruit

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
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 © 2012-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 14-Dec-2012
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)