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a.k.a Chinese Soapberry, Soapnut Tree
(Sapindus mukorossi)
[wu huan zi]
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CONTAINS: Fruit has a high saponin content.

Evergreen, brittle tree to 45 feet which is native to northern India to Central Japan (zone 9); leaves oblong-laceolate to olong-ovate, 16 inches long with 8 to 13 leaflets which go to 6 inches long; fruit is 3/4 inches in diameter and yellow to orange-brown in color; seeds are black.


The flower has been used in Oriental medicine for conjunctivitis and other eye diseases.
The fruit has been used in Oriental medicine to remove freckles and suntan.
The cotyledons of the seeds have been used in Oriental medicine for halitosis and gum boils.
The tincture has been used in Oriental medicine as a corrective and eliminant.
The lotion has been used to remove freckles and suntan.
The roots have been used like the fruit and seeds.

The seeds are used like beads.

The fruit is used like soap.

©2004 by Ernestina Parziale, CH