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Taxon: Dodonaea viscosa Jacq.

Genus: Dodonaea
Family: Sapindaceae subfamily: Dodonaeoideae
Nomen number: 14441
Place of publication: Enum. syst. pl. 19. 1760 (Select. stirp. amer. hist. 109. 1763)
Comment: not based on Ptelea viscosa L., as the two names have different types
Name verified on: 11-Dec-2002 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 04-Aug-2006
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Miami (MIA).
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

See also subordinate taxa:

Common names:

  • broadleaf hopbush   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • Florida hopbush   (Source: NRCS Cons Pl Mat ) – English
  • giant hopbush   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • hopshrub   (Source: F LAnt ) – English
  • narrow-leaf hopbush   (Source: F SAust ) – English   [Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustissima]
  • sticky dodonea   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English   [Dodonaea viscosa subsp. viscosa]
  • sticky hopbush   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • sticky hopbush   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English   [Dodonaea viscosa subsp. viscosa]
  • wedge-leaf hopbush   (Source: F SAust ) – English   [Dodonaea viscosa subsp. cuneata]
  • faxina-vermelha   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • vassourão-vermelho   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • vassoura-do-campo   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • vassoura-vermelha   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)

Economic importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental   (for restoration of eroded areas fide NRCS Cons Pl Mat 2001)
  • Environmental: revegetator   (for restoration of eroded areas fide NRCS Cons Pl Mat 2001)
  • Environmental: wildlife habitat   (for restoration of eroded areas fide NRCS Cons Pl Mat 2001)
  • Medicines: folklore   (fide Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant   (fide Atlas WWeed)

Distributional range:

      Native: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Northeast Tropical Africa: Ethiopia; Somalia; Sudan
    East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda
    West-Central Tropical Africa: Cameroon; Zaire
    West Tropical Africa: Ghana; Nigeria; Senegal; Togo
    South Tropical Africa: Angola; Malawi; Mozambique; Zambia; Zimbabwe
    Southern Africa: Botswana; South Africa - Cape Province, KwaZulu-Natal, Transvaal
    Western Indian Ocean: Comoros; Madagascar; Mauritius; Reunion; Seychelles
    Arabian Peninsula: Saudi Arabia
    Western Asia: Afghanistan; Iran; Iraq
    China: China - Fujian, Guangdong, Hainan, Yunnan
    Eastern Asia: Japan - Ryukyu Islands; Taiwan
    Indian Subcontinent: India; Pakistan; Sri Lanka
    North Indian Ocean: India - Andaman and Nicobar
    Indo-China: Myanmar; Thailand; Vietnam
    Malesia: Indonesia - Celebes, Irian Jaya, Java, Kalimantan, Lesser Sunda Islands, Moluccas, Sumatra; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines
    Australia: Australia - New South Wales, Northern Territory [s.], Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia [s.]
    New Zealand: New Zealand
  • NORTHERN AMERICA (Check conservation status in U.S. & Canada in NatureServe Explorer database)
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Florida
    South-Central U.S.A.: United States - New Mexico
    Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - Arizona, California
    Northern Mexico: Mexico - Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon, Sonora, Tamaulipas
    Southern Mexico: Mexico - Hidalgo, Morelos, Veracruz
    North-Central Pacific: United States - Hawaii
    Northwestern Pacific: Guam; Marshall Islands
    South-Central Pacific: French Polynesia
    Southwestern Pacific: Fiji; New Caledonia; Niue; Samoa; Solomon Islands; Tonga; Vanuatu
    Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Bermuda; Cuba; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Haiti; Jamaica; Martinique; Puerto Rico; Trinidad and Tobago; Virgin Islands (U.S.)
    Mesoamerica: Belize; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama
    Northern South America: Suriname; Venezuela
    Brazil: Brazil
    Western South America: Bolivia; Colombia; Ecuador; Peru
    Southern South America: Argentina - Buenos Aires, Entre Rios, Jujuy, Salta, Tucuman; Chile [n.]; Uruguay

  • also cultivated


  • PROTABASE, the information base of PROTA (Plant Resources of Tropical Africa) (on-line resource).
  • Aubréville, A. et al., eds. 1963–. Flore du Cameroun.
  • Bosser, J. M. et al., eds. 1976–. Flores des Mascareignes. [lists as D. viscosa (L.) Jacq.].
  • Brako, L. & J. L. Zarucchi. 1993. Catalogue of the flowering plants and gymnosperms of Peru. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 45.
  • Englert, J. M. et al. 1999–. USDA-NRCS Improved conservation plant materials released by NRCS and cooperators.
  • Exell, A. W. et al., eds. 1960–. Flora zambesiaca.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource).
  • George, A. S., ed. 1980–. Flora of Australia.
  • Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. [re. Brazilian common names].
  • Holm, L. et al. 1979. A geographical atlas of world weeds.
  • Howard, R. A. 1973. The Enumeratio and Selectarum of Nicolaus von Jacquin. J. Arnold Arbor. 54:435–470.
  • Howard, R. 1974–1989. Flora of the lesser Antilles. [lists as D. viscosa (L.) Jacq.].
  • Integrated Botanical Information System (IBIS). Australian plant common name database (on-line resource).
  • Leenhouts, P. W. 1983. Notes on the extra-Australian species of Dodonaea (Sapindaceae). Blumea 28:285–287.
  • Liogier, H. A. 1984–. Descriptive flora of Puerto Rico and adjacent islands. [lists as D. viscosa (L.) Jacq.].
  • Macbride, J. F. et al., eds. 1936–1971. Flora of Peru.; new ser. 1980- [lists as D. viscosa (L.) Jacq.].
  • McGuffin, M., J. T. Kartesz, A. Y. Leung, & A. O. Tucker. 2000. Herbs of commerce, ed. 2.
  • Standley, P. C. & J. A. Steyermark. 1946–1976. Flora of Guatemala. [lists as D. viscosa (L.) Jacq.].
  • Thulin, M., ed. 1993–. Flora of Somalia.
  • Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. 1952–. Flora of tropical East Africa.
  • West, J. G. 1984. A revision of Dodonaea Miller (Sapindaceae) in Australia. Brunonia 7:30–47.
  • Woodson, R. E. & R. W. Schery, eds. 1943–1980. Flora of Panama. [lists as D. viscosa (L.) Jacq.].
  • Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. 1994–. Flora of China (English edition).
  • Zuloaga, F. O. & O. Morrone, eds. 1996. Catálogo de las plantas vasculares de la República Argentina. I. Pteridophyta, Gymnospermae y Angiospermae (Monocotyledonae), II. Dicotyledonae. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 60, 74., 1999


Check other web resources for Dodonaea viscosa Jacq.:


  • Fruit: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Seeds: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
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