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Sapindus saponaria var. saponaria | by D.Eickhoff
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Sapindus saponaria var. saponaria

Mānele, Aʻe, or Soapberry

Sapindaceae (Soapberry family)

Indigenous to the Hawaiian Islands (Hualālai, Mauna Loa, Kīlauea on Hawaiʻi Island)

Oʻahu (Cultivated)

 

Apparently the pulp of the fruit was used by early Hawaiians as a soap for shampooing hair and washing clothes in the past.

 

Tree

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Flowers

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nativeplants.hawaii.edu/plant/view/Sapindus_saponaria

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Taken on July 15, 2008