Sapindus Tourn. ex L.

This genus is accepted, and its native range is Chad, China to Tropical & Subtropical Asia to Pacific, New World.


Sapindaceae, Davies & B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1998

Morphology General Habit
Morphology Leaves
Leaves usually rather pale green, pinnate; leaflets in 2–8 pairs, entire; rhachis with raised lines or sometimes winged
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers regular; sepals 5, 2 short and 3 larger, concave, imbricate; petals 5, with or without scales, clawed and hairy at base; disk complete, cupuliform, undulate and shallowly lobed, glabrous Flowers in terminal and axillary panicles containing both male and female flowers but one sex often predominating
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 8; filaments stout, with lower half hairy; anthers oblong-ovate, auriculate, subsessile in bud; staminodes similar but smaller
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary 3-lobed, glabrous or hairy; style entire; ovary rudiment present in male, 3-lobed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit a 1–2(–3)-lobed drupe, the abortive mericarp(s) remaining at base.

Doubtfully present in:

French Guiana, Guyana

Native to:

Andaman Is., Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Arizona, Arkansas, Assam, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Cambodia, Cayman Is., Chad, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Colombia, Colorado, Cook Is., Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, East Himalaya, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Florida, Georgia, Guatemala, Hainan, Haiti, Hawaii, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Japan, Jawa, Kansas, Kazan-retto, Korea, Laos, Leeward Is., Lesser Sunda Is., Louisiana, Malaya, Marquesas, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Mississippi, Missouri, Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Mexico, Nicaragua, Ogasawara-shoto, Oklahoma, Pakistan, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Samoa, Society Is., South Carolina, Southwest Caribbean, Sri Lanka, Sumatera, Suriname, Taiwan, Texas, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad-Tobago, Tuamotu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wallis-Futuna Is., West Himalaya, Windward Is.

Introduced into:

Angola, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Comoros, Easter Is., Galápagos, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, New Guinea, Philippines, Rodrigues, Tanzania, Uganda, Vanuatu, Venezuelan Antilles, Zaïre

Sapindus Tourn. ex L. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
s.coll. [Cat. no. s.n.], Assam K001132821 Yes
s.coll. [Cat. no. s.n.], Nepal K001132329 Yes

First published in Sp. Pl.: 367 (1753)

Accepted by

  • Meena, S.L. (2012). A checklist of the vascular plants of Banaskantha district, Gujarat, India Nelumbo 54: 39-91.


Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • L., Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 171 (1754)
  • Radlk. in E.P. IV, 165: 630 (1932)
  • Sp. Pl.: 367 (1753)

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

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