Dodonaea angustifolia

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Dodonaea angustifolia


Tree or shrub, dioecious (to monoecious), up to 20 m high, dbh up to 40 cm; Leaves ovate to elliptic (to elliptic-obovate), (including the petiole) 7.5-22 by 0.75-5 cm, index 3-9, thin pergamenta-ceous to chartaceous, coriaceous when alive; Inflorescences 4-7 cm long, with several about equally long ± erect branches, rather dense, with up to c. 50 flowers; Flowers polygamous, unisexual (or with some bisexual flowers on a male specimen). Sepals 4 (or 5), in male flowers ovate-elliptic, 2.75-3.5 by 2-2.25 mm, in female flowers elliptic, 2-3 by 1-1.5 mm, glabrous (to sparsely hairy outside) to fairly densely hairy inside, the margin partly to completely tomentose-ciliate; Stamens 5-9, scars inconspicuous in fruit; Fruits flattened, broad ellipsoid to orbicular, 5-13.5 by 7-12 mm, pergamentaceous to membranous, sparsely but conspicuously glandular, glabrous (or sparsely hairy, mainly along the upper part of the suture);


Asia-Tropical: Jawa (Jawa present); Lesser Sunda Is. present; Maluku (Maluku present); New Guinea present; Philippines (Philippines present); Sulawesi (Sulawesi present), Tropics and subtropics present
Worldwide, in the Tropics and Subtropics; in Malesia known from Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Philippines, Celebes, Moluccas, and New Guinea.


Planted as a garden fence and as a shade tree in plantations; it provides a good timber for building houses and is used as firewood. See .


1. For a long time, the present species was considered to be synonymous with D. viscosa and went under that name. This is notwithstanding the fact that, especially in Java, two different forms were known, the one coastal, the other one at higher altitudes, forms that were also different in several morphological characters. Junghuhn was one of the very few botanists who separated the two as species. The great attention paid since Linné f. to the leaf shape instead of to the flowers and the authority of Radlkofer, who ranked the two as forms only, seem to be mainly responsible for this situation.
2. The form from Java, the Lesser Sunda Islands in part, and Celebes is the most hairy one of the species; the other specimens from the Lesser Sunda Islands, the Philippines, and New Guinea are glabrous or have at most a few hairs on the inflorescences.
3. Throughout its area, D. angustifolia seems to be adapted to a drier and cooler climate than D. viscosa.


Salmon 1967: New Zeal. Flow. Pl. Colour, ed. 2: 52: f. 123-125
Steenis 1972: Mount. Fl. Java: f. 5
DC 1824 – In: Prod.: 616
Schlechtendal 1844 – In: Linnaea: 49
Backer & Bakh. f. 1965: p. 141. – In: Fl. Java: mountain form
Sherff 1947 – In: Field Mus. Nat. Hist. Bot. Ser.: 269
Koord. 1912: 543, p.p., 741. – In: Exk. Fl. Java: pl. 12
Koord. & Valeton 1913 – In: Atlas: f. 91
De Voogd 1938: p. 179. – In: Trop. Natuur: f. 5
West 1985: p. 122. – In: Fl Austral.: map 149
Radlk. 1933: p. 1363. – In: Engl., Pflanzenr. 98: all but f. repanda
Radlk. 1933 – In: Engl, Pflanzenr. 98: 1373
Wight 1840: p. 141. – In: Illustr.: pl. 52
Blume 1825: Bijdr.: 237
West 1985: p. 122. – In: Fl. Austral.: map 150
Miq. 1859 – In: Fl. Ind. Bat.: 581
Troup 1921 – In: Silvic. Ind. Trees: 225
Karkare-Khushalani & Mulay 1966: pp. 83-92. – In: Phyton
Koord. & Valeton 1903 – In: Bijdr. Booms. Java: 227
P. Royen 1964: p. 17. – In: Man. For. Trees Papua & New Guinea: f. Id, 9
Blume 1847 – In: Rumphia: 188