Sapindus saponaria SAPINDACEAE

Sample information

Sample ID168-1-2a
Common nameSoapberry, Hawaiian soapberry, soapnut


Pollen / Sporepollen
Morphologic typetricolporate
Surface patternpsilate
Equatorial sizemean 13
Polar sizemean 13
Equatorial shapecircular
Polar shapecircular
Grain arrangementdicot
Aperture count3
Pore surface shapecircular
Pore colpuses3
Morphology notesTricolporate. Pore apertures round, equatorial on thin colpi. Exine thin approxinately 1um. Psilate tectum. Spheroidal small grain.

Ecology and Geography

Plant typeangiosperm
Floristic region(s)Hawaiian Islands , East Pacific Islands , Other outside Australasia
Vegetation communitiesopen forest
Habitat notesNative to South America, Mexico, New Caledonia and Africa. In Hawaii, Sapindus saponaria grows in moist forests on Hualalai, Mauna Loa, and Kilauea. It occurs naturally at elevations ranging from 2,900 to 4,500 feet (Wagner 1990) Found in stream banks, rocky hillsides, woody margins. In shallow soils it remains a small shrub, in deep soils can become a large tree up to more than 25 metres tall. (Identified in the fossil pollen record of KAO3 in Rano Kao and growing on the lake margin, 75 meters from lake edge, as a full tree 4m tall in March 2008 Gossen 2010)


CollectorJ. Leon 921
Collection siteSan Pablo de Nicoya
Collection countryCosta Rica
Collection date1942-01-01
Collection notesProcessed at the Pollen Laboratory, University of Minnesota, USA from the collecton of Ed Cushing, slide ref. B551. Epoxy. F1416539

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