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Cardiospermum halicacabum
(Sapindaceae)

balloon vine, heart pea, heartseed, love-in-a-puff, winter-cherry

 
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"Recorded as growing outside cultivation in Hawaii as early as 1819..., it is usually considered to be indigenous only to the New World." (Wagner et al. 1999. Manual of flowering plants of Hawaii. p. 1226)  Cardiospermum halicacabum is native to tropical and subtropical parts of the world (widespread), but probably native only to the southern United states and the Neotropics; "in Hawaii probably naturalized...."; "usually considered to be indigenous only to the New World." . 


Species description or overview

Cardiospermum halicacabum information from PIER
Information on Cardiospermum halicacabum as relevant to Pacific Islands is provided by the Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk project (PIER).


Taxonomy & nomenclature

GRIN nomenclature info for Cardiospermum halicacabum
Nomenclatural information about Cardiospermum halicacabum is provided by USDA/ARS/NGRP/GRIN.

Cardiospermum halicacabum information from the Smithsonian's Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Information about Cardiospermum halicacabum--including nomenclature and synonymy, and status and distribution in Hawaii--is provided by the "Flora of the Hawaiian Islands" website of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Links from this page include descriptive information about the species, as well as worldwide distributional information and general information about the genus.

Cardiospermum halicacabum information from ITIS
The Integrated Taxonomic Information System ITIS provides authoritative taxonomic information on Cardiospermum halicacabum, as well as other plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.

IPNI nomenclature info for Cardiospermum halicacabum
Nomenclatural information about Cardiospermum halicacabum is provided by The International Plant Names Index (IPNI).


Impacts

Cardiospermum halicacabum (Sapindaceae): species information from GCW
Information on Cardiospermum halicacabum as relevant to Pacific Islands is provided by the Global Compendium of Weeds (GCW).


Risk assessments

Cardiospermum halicacabum weed risk assessment for Hawaii-Pacific
Results of a weed risk assessment for Cardiospermum halicacabum for the Hawaii-Pacific region are presented by the Hawaii-Pacific Weed Risk Assessment team.


Images

Cardiospermum halicacabum information from the Smithsonian Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Information about Cardiospermum halicacabum in Hawaii is available from the Smithsonian Flora of the Hawaiian Islands.

Cardiospermum halicacabum images from PIER
Images of Cardiospermum halicacabum provided by the Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk project (PIER).


Distribution

Cardiospermum halicacabum information from the Smithsonian Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Information about Cardiospermum halicacabum in Hawaii is available from the Smithsonian Flora of the Hawaiian Islands.

Cardiospermum halicacabum information from the Smithsonian's Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Information about Cardiospermum halicacabum--including nomenclature and synonymy, and status and distribution in Hawaii--is provided by the "Flora of the Hawaiian Islands" website of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Links from this page include descriptive information about the species, as well as worldwide distributional information and general information about the genus.


Full-text articles

Vines and Climbing Plants of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands: an illustrated field guide to the native, naturalized or commonly cultivated vines and lianas of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Acevedo-Rodriguez, Pedro. 2005. Vines and Climbing Plants of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands: an illustrated field guide to the native, naturalized or commonly cultivated vines and lianas of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Illustrated by Bobbi Angell. 483 pages.

Revised List of Hawaiian Names of Plants Native and Introduced with Brief Descriptions and Notes as to Occurrence and Medicinal or Other Values
Gon III, Samuel M. Ohukaniohia. 2008. Revised List of Hawaiian Names of Plants Native and Introduced with Brief Descriptions and Notes as to Occurrence and Medicinal or Other Values, by Joseph F. Rock Consulting Botanist, Board of Agriculture and Forestry Honolulu, Hawaii, 1920; transcribed and annotated by Samuel M. Ohukaniohia Gon III. Ethnobotany Research & Applications 6:405-442.


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