Sapindus mukorossi Gaertn. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available. If you have any useful information about this plant, please leave a comment. Comments have to be approved before they are shown here. If you would like to support this site, please consider Donating.
I saw Soapnuts at a healthfood store the other day and was unaware that you could wash your clothes with them. Turns out it is very popular in India and China. Well, I was then to find out that we have our own native soapberry tree that works just as well. In one week, I went from uninformed to overloaded with an all natural detergent. The trees are full of the berries right now and we have already picked some. Even better news, these trees were burnt last year and went thru the worst drought and heat wave of all time in Texas with flying colors with no watering.
Dittelasma Hook. Sapindus is a genus of about five to twelve species of shrubs and small trees in the Lychee family, Sapindaceae , native to warm temperate to tropical regions of the world. The genus includes both deciduous and evergreen species. Members of the genus are commonly known as soapberries  or soapnuts because the fruit pulp is used to make soap.
Sapindus mukorossi is a species of tree in the family Sapindaceae. The fruit is commonly known as Indian soapberry  or washnut ,  and like other species in the genus Sapindus , it is called soapberry. Sapindus mukorrossi , known as the ritha or reetha tree in India Hindi and Nepal ,   is a deciduous tree that is grown in the lower foothills and midhills of the Himalayans ,  up to altitudes of feet. The value of the tree mostly comes from its fruit, which can be used for many pharmacological and cleansing purposes including, but not limited to, the ones outlined below.