Family: Sapindaceae

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Kingdom: Plantae Rank: Family Parent: Sapindales Status: Valid

Common Names:

  • Sapindaceae - English, United States of America

Vegetative Morphology

Habit: Lianas, shrubs, and trees.

Leaves: Leaves compound, unifoliate, trifoliate, pinnate, rarely bipinnate, always alternate; the rachis sometimes winged, in tree genera the leaflets alternate or subopposite, the pinnately compound leaf terminating in a small aborded bud arising from one side of the rachis.

Exudate: Latex present in some genera of lianas.

Reproductive Morphology

Inflorescence: Inflorescence califlorous, axillary, or terminal.

Fruit: Fruit a capsule, drupe, or samara.

Seeds: Seeds winged in those genera that possess capsules.


Notes: Plants glabrous or pubescent. Aerial roots and triangular stems common in lianas.