Dodonaea viscosa Jacq.
subsp. angustifolia (L.f.) J.G. West

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Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustifolia

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Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustifolia

Photo: Petra Ballings
Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Tsetsera, Himalayas

Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd at Vumba Gateway Gardens

Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustifolia

Photo: Francis Lagarde
Cecil Kop Nature Reserve, Vumba

Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustifolia

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Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

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Synonyms: Dodonaea angustifolia L.f.
Ptelea viscosa L.
Common names: Mukonachando (Shona) Sand olive (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Leaves simple yellowish-green, glabrous, resinous; lamina narrowly elliptic; apex acute or acuminate; base decurrent into the petiole. Inflorescences terminal on the branches. Flowers greenish-yellow at first, often turning reddish later. Stamens 6. Style 4-6 mm long. Fruits with 2-3 papery wings.
Notes: The currently accepted name for this taxon is not clear and our selected name is arbitrary.
The presence of the long style clearly distinguishes the female (and presumably bisexual) flowers from the male flowers
Derivation of specific name: viscosa: viscid, sticky
Habitat: At the margins of evergreen forest and in riverine and grassland scrub.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1900 m
Flowering time:Mar - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Pantropical
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Content last updated: Friday 21 February 2014

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 655 - 656. (Includes a picture).

Exell, A.W. (1966). Sapindaceae FZ 2(2) Pages 242 - 243. as Dodonaea viscosa (Includes a picture).

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, S Africa Pages 370 - 371. as Dodonaea angustifolia (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 308 - 309. as Dodonaea angustifolia (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 220 - 221. as Dodonaea angustifolia (Includes a picture).

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 529 - 531. as Dodonaea viscosa (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustifolia., retrieved 20 December 2014

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