Desert Hop-bush
Mature Fruit
Narrow-leaf Hop-bush
Narrow-leaf Hop-bush (Dodonaea viscosa ssp angustissima)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida)
Order: Soapberries (Sapindales)
Family: Soapberry (Sapindaceae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Narrow-leaf Hop-bush (Dodonaea viscosa ssp angustissima)
This Photo:     Bush

Thank you Alan Dandie for confirming the id of this species for us

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 © 2012-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 23-Oct-2012
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)