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Trailing Hop-bush

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The Trailing Hop–bush Dodonaea procumbens is a prostrate shrub endemic to south-eastern Australia (Carter 2010). It is commonly dioecious (separate male and female plants), can grow up to 1.5m in diameter and 20cm in height. It has angular or flattened, sometimes weakly ribbed stems, often rooting at the nodes. The leaves are simple, 8–30mm long and 4–9mm wide, usually with two angular teeth at the distal end. Flowers are solitary or paired and distally placed (Walsh and Entlwisle 1999).

The Trailing Hop–bush is listed as vulnerable under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC) 1999. Up until 2009 the Trailing Hop-bush was thought to be extinct in the wild in the eastern half of Victoria. In October 2009 it was discovered at Dutson Downs during field investigations for the Dutson Downs Bushfire Management Plan (GHD 2009). A further study has confirmed that there are populations at a minimum of five wetlands within Dutson Downs, with populations estimated to range between 7 and 680 individuals (GHD 2010).

Management plans for the Trailing Hop-bush within Dutson Downs are currently being drafted.

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