Dodonaea viscosa

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Dodonaea viscosa


Shrub 1-3 (-6) m tall, glabrous; branches slightly angled, viscidous. Leaves simple; petioles 2-3 mm long; blade oblanceolate or elliptic, 5-10 × 1.8-3.6 cm, chartaceous, glabrous, varnished when young, the apex rounded or less often obtuse, apiculate, the base cuneate to acuminate, sometimes slightly asymmetrical, the margins entire, revolute, midvein slightly prominent. Panicles ca. 3 cm long, the axes varnished; bracteoles minute. Flowers bisexual, sticky; sepals 4-5, oblong-elliptic, greenish yellow, 2-2.5 mm long, ciliate on margins, revolute at anthesis; stamens (6)8(10), nearly sessile; gynoecium 2-3-carpellate. Capsules papery, retuse at apex and base, straw-colored, 2-3-locular, the cocci semi-circular, inflated in the center, dorsally winged, 1.5-2 cm long; pedicel 1-1.2 cm long. Seeds 2 per locule, nearly rounded, ca. 3 mm long, dull black.


French Guiana present, Guyana present, Pantropical present, Suriname present
A polymorphic species with pantropical distribution. Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana (GU: 3; SU: 3; FG: 3).


1 Previous lectotypifications of this name by Lippold (1978) and by West (1984) were flawed. Jacquin’s protologue clearly indicates Sloane’s (Voy. Jamaica) tab. 162, fig. 3, as the type.
2 It is considered by various workers a polymorphic species with numerous subspecies, and worldwide distribution, only the typical subspecies is known from the Guianas.