Haryana Forest Flora
A Comprehensive Database of Ligneous Plants of Haryana (India)
Designed & Developed by Bioinformatics Centre,Forest Research Institute, Dehradun

Complete Taxonomic details of Species: Sapindus emarginatus Vahl.

Family: Sapindaceae Genus: Sapindus Species: Sapindus emarginatus Vahl.( रीठा )






Synonym S. trifoliatus auct non Linn.; S. laurifolius Vahl var. emarginatus (Vahl) Cooke, S. trifoliatus var. emarginatus (Vahl) Radlk.  Flower Color White
Common Name Notched Leaf Soapnut, Soapnut tree. Flower Type Panicle
English / Trade Name Notched Leaf Soapnut Flowering Period Oct-Dec
Vernacular /Local Name Reetha Fruiting Period Jan-March
Altitude Up to 1500 m Fruit Type Drupe
Habit Tree Fruit Details Fruit a drupe of 3 indehiscent cocci, smooth and slightly pubescent when young, later glabrous and wrinkled; seeds black, globose, smooth.
Habitat Dry deciduous forests and margins of grasslands. Bark Type Exfoliating
Distribution East Asia - Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar. Bark Details Bark grey, shiny, covered with rough falling scales.
Distribution in Haryana Morni-Pinjore Origin Native
    Leaf Type Compound
    Leaf Arrangement Alternate (leaves born singly along stem)
    Leaf Shape Lence shaped
Description of Species A medium to large size deciduous tree, up to 20 m tall. Bark grey, shiny, covered with rough falling scales. Leaves pinnate; leaflets 4-6, lance-shaped, long pointed or with a notched tip. Flowers white, polygamous, male flowers, numerous, a few bisexual, both found in the same rusty-velvety panicles. Fruits are fleshy, seeds pea-size, enclosed in a blackish, hard cover. seeds black, globose, smooth. Leaf Details Leaves paripinnate, alternate, exstipulate; rachis, tomentose, swollen at base; leaflets 4 or 6, opposite or subopposite; leaf lamina oblong, oblanceolate or oblong, margin entire, glabrescent above, softly tomentose beneath.

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