Sap-in-da'se-e. L. Sapind-us + aceae, fr. sap(o) + ind(ic)us, Indian soap - i. e., from its saponaceous fruit. Trees, shrubs, herbs, often twining. Distinguished by presence of a saponaceous principle; ovary usually 3-celled, rarely 2-4, united at base only; leaves compound, often dotted; style undivided or 2-3-cleft; sepals and petals 4-5; stamens 8-10, distinct or monadelphous, inserted on fleshy disk; fruit fleshy or capsular; seed exalbuminous, superior; tropics; astringent; aromatic, diuretic, diaphoretic, aperient, poisonous; lumber.
Genus: 1. Paullinia.