Common Name: Hopbush Family: Sapindaceae Soapberry Family Duration: Perennial
Size:Up to 12 feet. Growth Form: Shrub, tree; plants dioecious (male and female plants) Leaves: Green, shiny green; evergreen, alternate; narrowly lanceolate Flower Color: Yellow, pale yellow or reddish; inflorescence a panicle from axils small flowers in clusters; fruit a 3 sided capsule. Flowering Season: February to October
Comments: Used to treat inflammations, swellings, rheumatism, pain, and used as a ceremonial medicine. Active saponin compounds are considered poisonous, however, this plant was widely used as an external medicine.