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Shrubs, rarely attaining tree habit; branches slender, often viscous, angular; bark ash black-reddish brown. Leaves alternate, subsessile, simple or abruptly pinnate, exstipulate. Inflorescence lateral and terminal, racemes or panicles. Flowers polygamous. Sepals 2 - 5, imbricate or valvate. Petals absent. Disc very small in female flowers; obsolete in male ones. Stamens 5 - 10, usually 8, inserted on outer face of disc; filaments short; anthers linear-oblong. Ovary 3 - 6-loculed, sessile; ovules 2 in each cell. Capsules membranous or coriaceous, septicidally 2 - 6 -valved, valves winged, cells 1 - 2-seeded. Seeds lenticular or subglobose, compressed.

Tropical and subtropical regions, chiefly Australian; ca 55 species, 2 in India.

Literature. LEENHOUTS, P.W. (1983). Notes on the Extra Australian species of Dodonaea (Sapindaceae). Blumea 28(2): 271ยท289.



KEY TO THE SPECIES


1a. Flowers mostly unisexual, often dioecious; scar of sepals on fruit usually annular, occasionally slightly lobed; fruits glandular, reddish tinged, especially the wings 1. Dodonaea angustifolia
b. Flowers bisexual; scar of sepals under fruit mostly strongly lobed; fruits straw-coloured or brownish 2. Dodonaea viscosa


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