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Cardiospermum sp. vine
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Sapindaceae
Subfamily: Sapindoideae
Genus: Cardiospermum

14 species, see text

Cardiospermum halicacabum - MHNT

Cardiospermum is a genus of approximately 14 species in the soapberry family, Sapindaceae, which are native to the American, Indian, and African tropics. The genus name is derived from the Greek words καρδία, meaning "heart," and σπέρμα, meaning "seed."[2] Common names of the members of this genus include balloon vine, love in a puff, heartseed, and heartseed vine. These plants are classified as invasive species in parts of the Southern United States and South Africa.


The genus Cardiospermum consists primarily of herbaceous vines, which are cultivated in warm regions as ornamental plants. Extractions of Cardiospermum seed are included in skin creams that claim to treat eczema and other skin conditions.


Species include:


  1. ^ "Cardiospermum L." Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2006-03-29. Archived from the original on 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2010-01-19.
  2. ^ Ellis, Barbara W. (1999). Taylor's Guide to Annuals: How to Select and Grow More Than 400 Annuals, Biennials, and Tender Perennials. Houghton Mifflin Company. p. 246. ISBN 978-0-395-94352-6.

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