Cardiospermum microcarpum Kunth, Nov. Gen. Sp. 5: 104 1821. (Syn: Cardiospermum acuminatum Miq.; Cardiospermum halicacabum var. microcarpum (Kunth) Bl.) as per Catalogue of Life;
Native to: Angola, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Bermuda, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil North, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Cape Verde, China South-Central, China Southeast, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, East Himalaya, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Florida, French Guiana, Guyana, Haiti, Hawaii, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Leeward Is., Madagascar, Mexico Central, Mexico Southwest, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands Antilles, New Guinea, Nicaragua, Niger, Northern Provinces, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Queensland, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Society Is., Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad-Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Windward Is., Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe; Introduced into: Mauritius, Rodrigues, Réunion as per POWO;
USA (District of Columbia (I), Florida), Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico,
Virgin Isl. (St. Croix, Tortola), Lesser Antilles (Antigua, Barbados, Barbuda,
Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, St.
Eustatius, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent), Trinidad, Tobago,
Curacao, Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, Argentina (Buenos Aires, Catamarca, Chaco,
Cordoba, Corrientes, Entre Rios, Formosa, Jujuy, La Rioja, Misiones, Salta,
Santa Fe, San Luis, Tucuman), S-Brazil (Parana, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa
Catarina), Paraguay (Alto Paraguay, Amambay, Canindeyu, Central, Concepcion,
Cordillera, Guaira, Itapua, Paraguari, Pres. Hayes, San Pedro), Uruguay
(Artigas, Cerro Largo, Salto, Soriano), N-Brazil (Roraima, Amapa, Para,
Amazonas), WC-Brazil (Mato Grosso do Sul), SE-Brazil (Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo,
Rio de Janeiro), Nicaragua, Venezuela (Amazonas, Apure, Bolivar, Delta Amacuro,
Distrito Federal, Guarico, Merida), Mexico (Tabasco, Chiapas, etc.), Sri Lanka
(I), South Africa (Limpopo, Mpulamanga, KwaZulu-Natal, E-Cape Prov.), Swaziland,
Namibia, Botswana, Cameroon, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Bioko Isl. (Fernando Poo),
Ethiopia, South Sudan, etc., Mauritius (I), La Runion (I), Rodrigues (I), Cape
Verde Isl. (Santo Antao Isl., Ilha de Maio, Ilha de Sao Tiago, Fogo Isl.)
as per Catalogue of life;
Leaves are pubescent and the flowers are almost 2 cm, much bigger in Cardiospermum microcarpum than in C. halicacabum. The capsules are not winged as in latter.  


Cardiospermum for ID : 050511 : AK-1: Taken at Dindori, Maharashtra on the 27th of Feb, 2011 in a Grape vineyard. It seems to be Cardiospermum sp.

Cardiospermum sp. for me also. But not sure whether it is C.halicacabum.

Yes, Cardiospermum…, and did you get to open a pod …. cardiospermum varieties I have seen all have a round seed inside with a heart shaped white patch…. on the flattish end… wonderful to behold……. I have been told that’s why the name cardiospermum

Yes, this is Cardiospermum halicacabum (= C. halicacabum var. microcarpum). Stems and leaves are generally glabrous; fruits deeply 3-lobed, winged along margins, not inflated, less than 2 cm across. 
A popular medicine for joint pains, the leaves are commonly used (in Tamil Nadu) as green vegetable.

No, I did not open the pod and see the seed. Will keep this in mind during my next visit. This visit was mainly to see the Grapes just before harvesting began as this area Dindori is famous for grapes. And the taste of the home cooked lunch with fresh vegetables from the same farm was amazing.

I have never seen red stem in Cardiospermum!! Could this be a different variety? 

A reply from another thread from …:
This may be Cardiospermum microcarpum.
Thanks, …

How do you distinguish the two Species?

Pl. check keys and comparative images at genera page in efi site. 

May I request you to pl. check images at Cardiospermum microcarpum

Pl. point out if you feel they are not correct.

This may be Cardiospermum microcarpum.
This seems C. canescens
This may be Cardiospermum microcarpum




Sapindaceae Fortnight :: Cardiospermum corindum L : Attachments (2). 4 posts by 2 authors.

Cardiospermum corindum L (= C. canescens L ) Sapindaceae
Chennai out skirts. Tamilnadu, Climbing shrub.
Leaves used to subside joint pain

I think it should be Cardiospermum halicacabum in view of discussions in another thread.

… thanks a lot for sharing important information. as per photographs this species is Cardiospermaum halicacabum L. these all information regarding Sapindaceae family is very useful for all researchers. 

Yes sir, This Caridospermum halicacabum var. microcarpum. (Fruits are smaller around 1.5 cm dia, angles with wing.)

A reply from another thread from …:
This may be Cardiospermum microcarpum.
Thanks, …