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Sapindus saponaria var. saponaria

Image of <i>Sapindus <i>saponaria</i></i> var. saponaria

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Mnele, Ae, or SoapberrySapindaceae (Soapberry family)Indigenous to the Hawaiian Islands (Huallai, Mauna Loa and Klauea, Hawaii Island only)Oahu (Cultivated)Fruits are not edible for humans.Apparently the pulp of the fruit was used by early Hawaiians as a soap for shampooing hair and washing clothes in the past.The beautiful black seeds were, and still are, strung as permanent lei or necklaces.EtymologyThe generic name Sapindus is derived from Latin sapo, or soap, and indicus, Indian.The speicific epithet saponaria, similar to the generic name, is from the Latin saponis, or soap-like, referring to the saponin or soapy substance that comes from the fleshy seeds.NPH00009nativeplants.hawaii.edu/plant/view/Sapindus_saponaria

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