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Hop Bush   
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Hop Bush
ative Photo: Shaista Ahmad
Common name: Hop Bush, Hopseed • Hindi: Sanatta, विलायती मेहॆंदी Vilayti-mehdi, Sinatha • Marathi: Lutchmi • Tamil: Virali • Malayalam: Vrali, Unnataruvi • Telugu: Bandaru, Pullena • Kannada: Bandaru, Bandarike • Oriya: Mohra • Sanskrit: aliar, rasna, sanatta
Botanical name: Dodonaea viscosa    Family: Sapindaceae (Soapberry family)

Hop Bush is a shrub growing to 1-3 m tall, rarely a small tree to 10 m tall. It is commonly called 'hop bush' because the colourful fruits resemble the fruits used in brewing. The leaves are simple elliptical, 6-13 cm long and 2-4 cm broad, and secrete a resinous substance. The flowers are yellow to orange-red, produced in short racemes. The fruit is a capsule 2 cm broad, red ripening brown, with three wings. The wood is extremely tough and durable, and New Zealand's Māori have used Hop Bush to fashion clubs and other weapons.

Identification credit: Sankara Rao
Photographed at Karighatta Hill, Karnataka.
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