Dodonaea triangularis (SAPINDACEAE) Triangle Leaf Hop Bush

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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 three-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.

Photo: Robert Whyte