Dodonaea angustifolia. Sand Olive (E) Sandolien (A) Native to Southern Africa Shrub, tree. Evergreen Full sun. Frost tolerant. Low water requirements. Dodonaea viscosa var. angustifolia (L.f.) Benth.: Dodonaea viscosa f. angustifolia (L.f.) ; Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustifolia (L.f.) ; Dodonaea viscosa. Dodonaea angustifolia. Sapindaceae. L. f. The leaves are narrowly elliptic and shiny green above; petiole up to 10 mm long. New leaves and young twigs are.

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The presence of the long style clearly distinguishes the female and presumably bisexual flowers from the male flowers. In addition, many birds use the tree as a nesting site. The currently accepted name for this taxon is not clear and our selected name is arbitrary. The bark of the tree is interesting with dark grey colouring, fissured and peeling on the trunk and reddish brown on the branches.

The dense bushy hedges which it may form are ideal bird nesting sites and the flowers attract butterflies.

Roots need to be removed or the plant will resprout. Also as Dodonaea viscosa viscosa Coates Palgrave K. Water wise and evergreen, the indigenous Sand olive is an all-rounder that will brighten your garden. For a sore throat and oral thrush it is used as a gargle. Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sapindaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2 2 Pages – As a shrub it can be planted together with other indigenous plants like Gazania krebsianaa groundcover with orange flowers, and Eriocephalus ericoides, wild rosemary, for a well rounded garden.


In southern Africa it is regarded as one of the most important traditional medicines and is used in combination with other medicinal plants, including Viscum capense Willem Steenkamp, pers. Creative gardening with indigenous plants: In Uganda it is widely believed to be indigenous. The fruit is a distinctive capsulewith papery wings ; wings pale brown or coral pink.

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Useful Trees and Shrubs for Tanzania. Seeds are black, smooth and are dispersed by wind. Useful trees and Shrubs for Uganda. Seeds of the parasite are deposited on the branches of the host as a result of dodonqea feeding on the fruits of the parasite and cleaning their beaks on the branches of the host.

Struik Publishers, Cape Town. By Edeth Mukaro T Click on images to enlarge. A South African guide. The leaves are simple lanceolate with pointed tips and secrete a gum exudate which gives it a glossy appearance.

In Namaqualand the green leaves are boiled slowly, then left to steep, strained, and the extract is used for influenza, colds and also to induce sweating. Seed production is prolific. In South Africa there are two recognized taxa: Also as Dodonaea viscosa viscosa. Fruits with papery wings.

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Dodonaea angustifolia

Control is generally best applied to the least infested areas before dense infestations are tackled. Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record View all images AgroForestryTree Database online data sheet.

The same extract is considered to alleviate stomach ailments and fever. This is a fast growing plant that prefers a sandy substrate; when given good soil and plenty of water it requires minimal water once established. He died in The plastic seed trays are then kept moist and the seeds will germinate in weeks’ time.


Full Sun Gardening skill: Regional Soil conservation Unit, Nairobi, Kenya. The droopy leaves are shiny light green above and paler green below.

Introduction This well known, drought and wind resistant, indigenous ahgustifolia can grow into a shrub as it is usually multi-stemmed, or a small tree when the lower branches are pruned. Dodonaea germinates quite easily,so no special treatment of the seed is needed, and it does well in cultivation. Dkdonaea lucida — Tree fuschia — Notsung. A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique.

Celtis sinensis — Chinese hackberry — Chinese nettle tree. West; Dodonaea vis cosa subsp. As Angustifola viscosa Drummond, R. Umdaus Press, Hatfield, South Africa. Derivation of specific name: Dodonaea viscosa is naturalised throughout tropicalsubtropical and warm temperate regions of Africa, the Americas, southern Europe, southern Asia and Australasia and many oceanic islands with warm climates. Dodonaea viscosa is a thin-stemmed, leafy shrub or tree, usually m tall with a light crown.

In Uganda it is common in highland areas where it tends to grow on well drained habitats anbustifolia between m altitudes D.