4739.000 Sapindus L.

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Trees, rarely shrubs. Leaves alternate, paripinnate, rarely simple; leaflets opposite or alternate, margins entire. Inflorescence thryses, large, many branched, terminal or fascicled at branchlet apices; bracts and bract-lets small, subulate. Flowers actinomorphic or zygomorphic; sepals 5 or sometimes 4, imbricate, outer 2 smaller; petals 5, clawed with 2 ear-like scales at base or margins flattened adaxially, or 4 without claw, with one large scale at base adaxially; disk fleshy, sometimes lobed. Fruit parted into 3 shizocarps, usually 1 or 2 developed.

Derivation of name: from the Latin: sapo meaning soap and indicus, Indian, referring to the use by West Indians of the lather-producing fruit.

Worldwide: c. 13 species in tropical and warm areas.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

Sapindus saponaria

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saponaria L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Sapindus:

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Sapindus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Sapindus

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sapindus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Sapindus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Sapindus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Sapindus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Sapindus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sapindus
JSTOR Plant Science: Sapindus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sapindus
Plants of the World Online: Sapindus
Tropicos: Sapindus
Wikipedia: Sapindus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Sapindus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2126, retrieved 20 May 2024

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