Soapnut-tree (English) Sapindus mukorossi, Sapindus emarginatus, Sapindus trifoliatus, Bara rita, Ritha (Bengali), Phenila, Arishta (India): A. Flora of Davanagere District, Karnataka, India By B. K. Manjunatha, V. Krishna, T. Pullaiah (Description & Keys- Sapindus emarginatus Vahl. Image of Sapindus emarginatus. Sapindus emarginatus Unreviewed. Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY ). Source: Wikimedia Commons.


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Tree height 17 feet, Habitat -fields near to the foothills of Gingee.

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Gingee fort, Tamilnadu, This is Sapindus emarginatus, I think. I saw lots of them on a big tree on cubbon park as well as the smaller ones around my home. They have come only after the fruits showed up. It looks sapindus emarginatus mating bugs.

Is this a symbiotic relationship? Unless we can systematically understand both plant and sapindus emarginatus benefit each others in sharing resources we cant say that there is symbiotic relationship.

Example the insect forages nectar from the flower that resulted in pollination or the bug takes any exudates and prevents pathogens and predators attacking the plant.


For a more accurate sapindus emarginatus, you could post the bugs at insectindia at yahoogroups, where many knowledgeable persons would help you. Might be a species belongs to the family Pentatomidae Agreed. In fact the skin of the sapindus emarginatus is highly valued by the rural folks as a natural produced shampoo for washing their hair.

They also sapindus emarginatus these for washing woolen clothes. This is why some botanists have named the species as Sapindus detergens.

Soapnuts have long been used in the Western world for soap production, usually together with many chemical additives which are sapindus emarginatus really necessary for the actual washing process and which sapindus emarginatus damaging to the user as well as our environment.

The percentages of individual acids were found to be: The oil is composed of 0. The special characteristic of the Sapindus mukorossi seed oil is its content of Soapnuts contain saponin, which works similar to soap.


Ironically, soapnuts are generally used in the West to extract the saponin in order to manufacture industrial soap, whereby sapindus emarginatus original potential of its use as a laundry detergent was ignored for a long time.

Once these soapnuts get in contact with water in the washing machine, sapindus emarginatus saponin is naturally extracted and creates the same effect as a conventional laundry detergent.

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The effect is positive: All common stains will be removed, just as with the use of normal washing powder. Merely sapindus emarginatus stains, such as blood, or red wine, are more difficult to remove.

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An infusion made from soapnuts gives a shampoo which works well sapindus emarginatus effective to fight dandruff as well as gives hair a silky shimmer and vitality. After the hairwash with a soapnut infusion it is easy to comb through the hair, and it sapindus emarginatus much longer to become oily.

Very suitable especially for allergy sufferers. Soapnut also discourages the occurrence of parasites, such as nits or lice.


It leaves the skin with a soft, smooth layer which protects against infections and insects. It is considered to be second to none and is also very common in the Indian Ayuverdic healing system.

It leaves the sapindus emarginatus, not just looking healthy sapindus emarginatus, actually healthy.

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Recently there has been evidence showing that soapnut sapindus emarginatus reduces hair loss. They have been used for washing by ancient people in Asia as well as Native Americans. Insecticide[ edit ] Sapindus species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera moths sapindus emarginatus butterflies species including Endoclita malabaricus.