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Dodonaea viscosa Jacq. var. viscosa
Varnishleaf, Florida hopbush

Dodonaea viscosa
Copyright by: George D. Gann

Family: Sapindaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Shrub

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Peninsular Florida, the West Indies, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Old World tropics. In peninsular Florida, rare along the east coast to St. Johns County, and then apparently disjunct from Sarasota to Hillsborough on the west coast. Plants from Pinellas and Hernando County are also likely this taxon, although plants in Hernando County represent a distinct form with long, narrow leaves (= f. schiedeana).

Map of Florida Locations

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Imperiled

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

Comments: Visit our Natives For Your Neighborhood website for more information and images. For a digitized image of Elbert Little's Florida range map of D. viscosa sensu lato, visit the Exploring Florida website. Populations in the Florida Keys are D. elaeagnoides, those along the east coast are mostly D. viscosa var. viscosa, while the most widespread taxon is D. viscosa var. angustifolia, which is found near the coast in Martin County, in the interior, and along the southwestern coast.

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Dodonaea viscosa var. viscosa has been found in the following 14 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Beachwalk Pasley Park Present Native
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Present Native
Biscayne National Park Present Native
Crandon Park Present Native
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Deering Estate at Cutler Present Native
Delray Beach Municipal Beach Present Native
Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park Present Native
Enchanted Forest Park Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Jonathan Dickinson State Park Present Native
St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park Present Native
Twin Rivers Present Native
Virginia Key Beach Park and Marine Stadium Present Native

Dodonaea viscosa var. viscosa has been found in the following 3 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Broward County Native
Martin County Native
Miami-Dade County Native

Dodonaea viscosa var. viscosa has been found in the following 2 habitats :
Coastal Strand
Disturbed Upland

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Dodonaea viscosa
Copyright by: George D. Gann
Dodonaea viscosa
Copyright by: George D. Gann
Dodonaea viscosa
Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2016
In habitat, Piñones State Forest, Loíza, Puerto Rico, Enlarge