Sapindus laurifolia Vahl

 
  • Family : SAPINDACEAE
  • Family (As per The Plant List) : Sapindaceae
  • Species : Sapindus laurifolia
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Sapindus laurifolia Vahl (Unresolved name)
  • Common name : Soapnut Tree
  • Vernacular name : Aristhaka (San.); Reeta, Reetae (Hin.); Naruvolu, Antuvaladakai (Kan.)
  • Collection Nos : CJS 10634, CJS 11366, KFP 11031
  • Key identification features : A moderate-sized tree. Leaves are densely arranged with lanceolate leaflets having pointed tip and glabrous surface. Leaf margins are pale white. Flowers are in clusters arranged in bunches at the end of branches. Petals 5 and pale white. Fruits are green-coloured, 2-3 spherical-lobed, joined together and covered with soft hairs. Seeds are black.
  • Habit : Tree
  • Native : South India
  • Comments : Fruit is used as a substitute for soap; clening of Jewellery and hair
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Distribution Locality : Bangalore, Chikamagalur, Davanagere, Hassan, Kolar, Mysore, Shimoga, Udupi
  • Floras referred : Saldanha & Nicolson, 1976 - Hassan; Saldanha, 1996; Gowda, 2004 - Sringeri; Ramaswamy & Razi, 1973 - Bangalore; Seetharam et al., 2000 - Gulbarga; Keshava Murthy & Yoganarasimhan, 1990 - Coorg; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2003 - Udupi; Manjunath et al., 2003 - Davanagere

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