1. Family: Sapindaceae Juss.
    1. Paullinia L.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & Subtropical America, Tropical & S. Africa, Madagascar.


    Sapindaceae, Davies & B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1998

    Monoecious slender woody climbers, often with coiled tendrils at the base of the inflorescence
    Leaves often stipulate, petiolate, variously compound, the petiole and rhachis commonly winged
    Inflorescence an axillary (or cauliflorous in America) thyrse, simple, branched or clustered
    Flowers slightly zygomorphic; sepals 5; petals 4 with scale prominent; disk reduced to little more than a unilateral pair of glands outside the stamens
    Stamens and staminodes 8; anthers glabrous; filaments pilose, connate at the base
    Ovary 3-locular with 1 ovule per locule; style trifid
    Fruit a 3-valved obovoid capsule, often winged (not in Africa), sometimes spiny, dehiscing into 3 valves
    Seeds borne on the central axis, black, arillate.

    Sapindaceae, A. W. Exell. Flora Zambesiaca 2:2. 1966

    Woody climbers usually with paired spirally coiled tendrils arising at the apex of the peduncle; stems cable-like appearing to be composed of several coalescent axes (see t. 102 fig. 3).
    Leaves stipulate, imparipinnate; leaflets 2-jugate.
    Inflorescence a paniculate or racemoid thyrse.
    Flowers spuriously polygamous, zygomorphic.
    Sepals 5, unequal, the 2 inner ones connate at the base.
    Petals 4, unequal, each with a large cucullate scale with an apical appendage.
    Disk unilateral, with 4 glands.
    Stamens 8, excentric, reduced or absent in the female flowers; filaments shortly connate at the base.
    Ovary 3-locular, loculi 1-ovulate; style 3-fid; pistillode very reduced in the male flowers.
    Fruit capsular, 3-gonous or 3-winged; loculi 1-seeded; dehiscence septicidal.
    Seed with a fleshy arillode.



    Native to:

    Angola, Argentina Northeast, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Burkina, Burundi, Cabinda, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Chad, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya, Leeward Is., Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Mozambique, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Southwest Caribbean, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad-Tobago, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Windward Is., Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Introduced into:

    Gulf of Guinea Is.

    Paullinia L. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Peru 44869.000
    Cazalet, P. [7633], Ecuador 6480.000
    Cazalet, P. [5159], Ecuador 6637.000
    Mann, G. [13], Cameroon K000181772

    First published in Sp. Pl.: 365 (1753)


    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • Radlk. in Engl. Pflanzenr. Sapindac. 219 (1931).
    • —F.T.A. 1: 419
    Flora Zambesiaca
    • Gen. Pl. ed. 5: 170 (1754).
    • Sp. Pl. 1: 365 (1753)
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • in E.P. IV, 165: 219 (1931)
    • Radlk., Monogr. Paullinia: 67–381(1895)
    • L., Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 170 (1754)
    • Sp. Pl.: 365 (1753)


    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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    Milliken, W., Klitgard, B. and Baracat, A. (2009 onwards), Neotropikey - Interactive key and information resources for flowering plants of the Neotropics.