identification of mystery tree

Alexander Krings akrings at UNITY.NCSU.EDU
Wed Jun 5 10:08:34 CDT 2002

I had been on vacation a few days and in the meantime received a number of replies regarding the identity of our mystery plant.  Thank you to everyone who provided their thoughts!  It turns out to be Ungnadia speciosa Endl. (Sapindaceae).


>Dear All,
>I write to ask for potential help with the identification of a
>specimen we recently received.  The plant was collected from a yard in
>Wake Co., North Carolina, and does not seem to match anything in our
>native flora (or are we overlooking something?).  The grower indicated
>that it volunteered and is currently about 5 feet tall.
>Description: stems greenish, the pith solid, white, hard; buds
>extra-axillary; leaves imparipinnate, of 7-9 essentially sessile
>leaflets, margins dull-serrate to bi-serrate, apices acute to
>acuminate, the extreme tip rounded, rachis grooved to ribbed.
>Images can be found here:
>No fragrance could be detected from crushed leaves, rubbed rachis, or
>cut stems.
>I had initially thought something in Sapindales, but could not find a
>match in our collections.
>Thank you in advance for any help anyone could provide.
>Best regards,

Alexander Krings
Herbarium (NCSC), Department of Botany
Campus Box 7612
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7612

alexander_krings at
919.515.3436 (fax)

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