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Genus: Sapindus

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid II > Order: Sapindales > Family: Sapindaceae

About 13 species, native to warm regions of the World but with none native to southern Africa. However, four species are cultivated in the region.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Sapindus drummondii (Jaboncillo, Wild china tree)

Native to southern USA and Mexico.


Sapindus marginatus (Wild china, Soapberry)

Native to Florida and Mexico.


Sapindus mukurossi (Soapnut, Ritha)

Native from Bangladesh to China.


Sapindus saponaria (Soapberry, False dogwood)

Native from Florida to Argentina.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.


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