Creeping Hop-bush - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Dodonaea procumbens
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 19 Jun 2018


The Creeping Hop-bush is a low spreading shrub that forms a ground-hugging mat up to 1 m across and 10 cm tall. Its leaves are wedge-shaped, glossy, dark green, to 2 cm long and 8 mm wide, with up to four teeth at the tips. The flowers are small and have yellow, orange, red or pink petals. Flowers appear in spring. The fruits are reddish, papery 'hops', forming in late spring and summer.


Creeping Hop-bush is found in the dry areas of the Monaro, between Michelago and Dalgety. Here it occurs mostly in Natural Temperate Grassland or Snow Gum Eucalyptus pauciflora Woodland. There is one population at Lake Bathurst (the northern-most occurrence of the species). Here it occurs in adjacent to the lake bed in grassland dominated by Corkscrew Grass Austrostipa scabra and Curly Sedge Carex bichenoviana. Creeping Hop-bush also occurs in South Australia and Victoria.

Habitat and ecology

  • Grows in Natural Temperate Grassland or fringing eucalypt woodland of Snow Gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora).
  • Grows in open bare patches where there is little competition from other species.
  • Found on sandy-clay soils, usually on or near vertically-tilted shale outcrops.
  • Produces roots along the stems that enable the plants to recover from minor disturbances.
  • Often occurs on roadside batters.
  • Does not persist in heavily grazed pastures of the Monaro.
  • Dispersed by the papery fruits.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Other StateSA Known None
South Eastern HighlandsMonaro Known Lake Bathurst area, the Cooma-Monaro Shire south of Michelago