African Plant Database

Sapindus saponaria L.
Protologue : Sp. Pl. 1: 367 (1753)  
Information on the genus : Sapindus
Status for TA : accepted (cultivated)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tree 8-18(-20) m, monoecious; crown rounded; bark yellowish brown, rough and corrugated on trunk, flaking off in large flakes to reveal brown patches, but smooth on branches.
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Ecology : Widely cultivated, but rarely (Zaire) naturalized.
  Produces saponin (soap-substitute) in fruit epicarp and roots. Seeds, black, c. 1 cm Ø, used for necklaces, rosaries.
  Native of C. & S. America. Radlkofer, l.c., distinguished 3 forms and 2 subforms (synonyms also given).

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
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Record n°90992 modified 2007-04-17
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