The sand olive grows widely in Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The conspicuous seed capsules, each with two or three creamy to pink, red or purple wings, are the main attraction. It tends to invade somewhat in favoured or defenceless environments, like overgrazed areas, rocky slopes and open woodland.It is also used to stabilise damaged land in sandy areas.
This specimen photographed in Gauteng is probably Dodonea angustifolia subsp. angustifolia (Coates Palgrave, 2002).