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

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Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustifolia

Drawing showing characteristics for Dodonaea angustifolia
Lusaka 1976; Patricia Bingham

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Synonyms: Dodonaea angustifolia L.f.
Ptelea viscosa L.
Common names:
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.
Type location:
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
angustifolia: with long and narrow leaves.
Habitat: At the margins of evergreen forest and in riverine and grassland scrub.
Altitude range: Up to 1900 m
Flowering time:Mar - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Pantropical
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 11 January 2017

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 259. as Dodonaea viscosa (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 534. As Dodonaea viscosa (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 22. As Dodonaea viscosa viscosa

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 14. Also as Dodonaea viscosa viscosa

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).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 108. As Dodonaea viscosa

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 28. As Dodonaea viscosa

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 256. As Dodonaea viscosa

Exell, A.W. (1966). Sapindaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 542 - 543. as Dodonaea viscosa (Includes a picture).

Goodier, R. & Phipps, J.B. (1961). A revised checklist of the vascular plants of the Chimanimani Mountains Kirkia 1 Page 58. as Dodonaea viscosa

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 76. As Dodonaea viscosa

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 95. As Dodonaea viscosa

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

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 100.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 173.

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).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 99.

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Flora of Botswana: Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustifolia
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustifolia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustifolia

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustifolia., retrieved 19 May 2024

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