Ethnobotanical Dictionary
Western soapberry

Sapindus saponaria

It is native to the tropical region of America and very common in the warm forests of Venezuela. It is a large tree that generates a lot of shade and grows to between 6 to 12 m. in height. It has small white flowers that usually appear in the last months of the year. Its fruits are rounded drupes of 1 to 2 cm. in diameter, with a bitter flavor that is toxic. Propagation occurs by seed. Its growth is slow and not very demanding, since it can even appear in soils poor in organic substance.

Applications:

The green seeds of this tree are used to wash clothes.

Sapindus saponaria