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Ritha ( Soap Nut Tree ) Sapindus detergens/Sapindus mukorossi Ritha, or soap nut tree is a beautiful, tropical, large-leaved deciduous tree of the Asian continent. It can be grown in warm to tropical climates, small trees can be grown inside in large tubs. Better known as soap-nut tree in inter-continental trade, it is an important trees of tropical and sub-tropical regions of the Indian subcontinent. Scientific name of the species being Sapindus mukorossi, it belongs to the main plant order Sapindaceae and family Sapindeae. The species is indigenous to India and China and widely cultivated in upper reaches of the Indo-Gangetic plains, Shivaliks and sub-Himalayan tracts at altitudes varying from 200m to 1500m above mean sea level. The species flourishes well in deep clayey loam soil and does best in areas experiencing nearly 150 to 200 cm of annual rainfall.
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