Sticky Hop Bush (Dodonaea viscosa)


Sticky Hop Bush seed cases
Sticky Hop Bush seed cases

 

 

Sticky Hop bush (Dodonaea viscosa) is a common plant in South Australia. Its shiny, slightly sticky leaves give it its name and make it pretty easy to identify. The flowers are green to brown and occur July to September. The fruits and seed capsules range from green to purple.

It is called ‘hop bush’ because in the past, its bitter flowers and seed pods have been used to flavour beer. It is also high on tannins and has been used to tan hide.

Probably the most important thing about this tree, from our perspective, is that it has been used by the Aboriginal folk and settlers as a cure for toothache. It works!

Crush up some leaves, chew them and press the wad onto the aching tooth and hold it there. The pain will subside quickly.

 

The flowers of Dodonaea viscosa
The flowers of Dodonaea viscosa

 

The fruits have been used as a substitute for Hops in beer making.

 

 

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