Sapindus frutescens Aubl.
Pseudima frutescens is an evergreen tree with a narrow, elongate crown; it can grow 7 - 16 metres tall. The cylindrical bole can be 20 - 30cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of soap and wood.
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, the Guyanas; C. America - Panama.
An understorey tree in the Atlantic and coastal rainforests, preferring sandy soils with a shallow water table[
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Prefers a position in moderate to deep woodland shade[
]. Found in the wild on sandy soils with a shallow water table[
The scrotum is bathed in a decoction of boiled leaves in order to treat 'checkball', a condition involving the testicles[
]. The leaves are also put into a fire and the smoke allowed to bathe the testicles[
The fruits are rich in saponins and can be used as a soap substitute[
The wood is medium-textured, straight-grained, moderately heavy, easy to cut, susceptible to the attacks of wood-eating organisms. It can be used for internal construction[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A low germination rate can generally be expected, with the seed sprouting within 60 - 80 days[
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