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Dodonaea rupicola

Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list

Dodonaea rupicola, Family Sapindaceae, is a shrub to 1 m tall with spreading branches and
rounded to somewhat angular branchlets densely covered in coarse hairs. Leaves are pinnate
(divided into leaflets), 1.5Ð3.5 cm long on a stalk 3Ð8 mm long, ending in a single terminal
leaflet. Each leaf has 10Ð18 lateral leaflets which are often curved downwards, 4Ð9.5 mm
long, 2Ð4 mm wide, with a dense covering of coarse hairs, margins entire or sometimes wavy.
The terminal leaflet is lobe-like. This species has separate male and female plants with
unisexual flowers borne in branched inflorescences. Flowers are on stalks 2Ð2.5 mm long,
lacking petals. The fruit is a four-winged capsule 7.5Ð9 mm long, 12Ð15 mm wide, red-brown
at maturity, leathery, the wings extending 3Ð4 mm beyond the main body of the capsule.
Flowering and fruiting usually occur from September to November (West, 1984, 1985).

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Dodonaea rupicola

    Threats The main potential threats to D. rupicola include inappropriate fire regimes and invasion by weed species.