soapberry

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soapberry,

common name for the plant family Sapindaceae, a primarily tropical family of trees, shrubs, lianas, and herbaceous climbers, as well as a genus, Sapindus, in that family found in Asia and the Americas. The soapberry family includes the litchilitchi
, Chinese tree (Litchi chinensis) of the family Sapindaceae (soapberry family), having a small, aromatic, pulpy fruit in a thin, rough shell. It is the best-known Chinese fruit and a favorite with the Chinese, who use it fresh, dried, or preserved.
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. It also includes guaraná (Paullinia cupana var. sorbilis), an Amazonian shrub or liana cultivated for so long it is unknown in the wild. Regarded as an aphrodisiac, the seeds are very high in caffeine and are powdered and made into soft drinks or a tealike beverage or sold as pills or other medicinal preparations for a growing international market. The soapberry is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales.