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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Plants of the Klein Karoo. Preliminary checklist of the angustigolia of Botswana. An extract of the leaves is used as a mild purgative and for rheumatism, sorethroat and haemorrhoids.

In East Africa it occurs in a variety of habitats; from riverine forest, sandy beaches to rocky soils on hillsides and arid marginal areas, mostly in disturbed areas where it may grow in homogenous stands. Control is generally best applied to the least infested areas before dense infestations are tackled. AgroForestryTree Database online data sheet. Seeds of the parasite are deposited on the branches of the host as a result of birds feeding on the fruits of the parasite and cleaning their beaks on the branches of the host.


The specific epithet viscosa means sticky, referring to the young growing tips which contain surface flavonoids; this gives them a shiny appearance.

In South Africa there are two recognized taxa: 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 dodonxea.

The best form of invasive species management is prevention. Manual and mechanical control can keep D.

Click on images to enlarge. Consistent follow-up work is required for sustainable management. Regional Soil conservation Unit, Nairobi, Kenya. Login to add your Comment Not registered yet?

Other early uses of the plant include the treatment of pneumonia, tuberculosis and skin rashes.

Dodonaea viscosa does well in a wide range of climates and soils. The genus Dodonaea was named after Rembert Dodoens. The leaves are used externally as a remedy for itchy skin and to treat skin rashes.

Dodonaea viscosa var. angustifolia

Dodonaea viscosa is a thin-stemmed, leafy shrub or tree, usually m tall with a light crown. View other plants in this family QR code link View other plants in this genus.

Flowers are produced from April to August autumn-winter. Useful trees and shrubs for Kenya. Shrub or small tree. As Dodonaea viscosa Schmidt, E. Sandy, Clay, Loam Flowering season: Full Sun Gardening skill: The dense bushy hedges which it may form are ideal bird nesting sites and the flowers attract butterflies.


The seed has papery wings and is possibly dispersed by wind. The leaves are simple lanceolate with pointed tips and secrete a gum exudate which gives it a glossy appearance. Identification, Propagation and Management for agricultural and pastoral communities. Seed production is prolific. Field guide to trees of southern Africa. He died in Its flowers are small, yellowish green and are followed by decorative clusters of yellow or reddish fruits with papery wings.

Dodonaea angustifolia – Wikipedia

Google QR Code Generator. Flowers greenish-yellow at first, often turning reddish later. Dodonaea viscosa makes a good hedge and is used for firewood, ploughs, tool handles, medicine leaves and rootsbee forage, ornamentalland reclamation, dune fixation and as a tooth brush. Kirkia 19 1 Page The presence of the long style clearly distinguishes the female and presumably bisexual flowers from the male flowers.

The papery fruit contain black, smooth seeds. The droopy leaves are shiny light green above and paler green below.