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Dodonaea viscosa - akeake

Family: Sapindaceae

Dodonaea viscosa is a many branched bush with long narrow pale green leaves. Young growth is covered with a sticky secretion which hardens with age. The small flowers give rise to a distinctive large winged capsule. A genus of about 70 species found in Africa, the Americas, southern Asia and Australasia. Named after the Flemish physician and botanist Rembert Dodoens (1517-1585; also known under his Latinized name, Rembertus Dodonaeus) by Linnaeus.
An endemic species found from the North Island south to the middle of the South Island.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 10 m

Flower symmetry: symmetric


Flower size: 4-6 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, linear obovate

Sepals: 2-5, green, yellow, red

Leaf size: 40-100 mm

Petals: 0

Leaf arrangement: alternate

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants; bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 8-10

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairless, glands

Fruit: dry