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Sapindus saponaria var. saponaria

Sapindus saponaria L. var. saponaria

Ae, Hawaiian Soapberry, Manele, Soap Seed, Wingleaf Soapberry

Sapindaceae (Soapberry family)

Synonym(s): Sapindus marginatus, Sapindus thurstonii


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), HI (N), PR (N), VI (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Tree
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 75 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: AL , FL , GA , HI , MS , SC
Native Habitat: Mesic forests, hammocks.


Bibref 1798 - Manual of the Flowering Plants of Hawaii, Revised Edition (1999) Wagner, W.L.; Herbst, D.R.; Sohmer, S.H.

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Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 31 - Native Plants Hawai’i (2018) University of Hawaii
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Sapindus saponaria var. saponaria in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sapindus saponaria var. saponaria in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Sapindus saponaria var. saponaria


Record Modified: 2020-12-16
Research By: CBR

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