(Sapindus saponaria) A New World tree, with white flowers followed by brown fruits, whose pulp lathers with water, and can be used as a soap substitute. They are much used for the purpose in Mexico (Roys), but they are poisonous, like those of the rest of the genus, for they contain a high percentage of saponin, and cause dermatitis (Kearney) (Indian members of the genus, like S mukorossi, are used as fish poison). These berries have some ritual significance, for Mexicans use them for necklaces and rosaries, and in ancient times the temple court was swept with the leaves of this tree in connection with the Maya baptismal ceremony (Roys).

Was this article helpful?

0 0
Enneagram Essentials

Enneagram Essentials

Tap into your inner power today. Discover The Untold Secrets Used By Experts To Tap Into The Power Of Your Inner Personality Help You Unleash Your Full Potential. Finally You Can Fully Equip Yourself With These “Must Have” Personality Finding Tools For Creating Your Ideal Lifestyle.

Get My Free Ebook

Post a comment