Fossil plant, Sapindopsis

Fossil plant, Sapindopsis

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Caption: Sapindopsis is a genus of the Sapindaceae family, also known as the soapberry trees. Fossils of Sapindopsis occur in Cretaceous deposits of North America and South eastern Europe and Lebanon. The genus Sapindus now living has fruits containing saponin, a substance that can be used as a substitute of soap. Actual dimension of the limestone slab here displayed is 17 x 32 cm. Provenance is Hajoula, Lebanon.

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Keywords: cretaceous, deposits, family, fossil, fruits, genus, lebanon, no-one, nobody, sapindaceae, sapindopsis, saponin, soap, soap substitute, soapberry-tree

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