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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids II
Ordo: Sapindales

Familia: Sapindaceae
Subfamilia: Sapindoideae
Tribus: Paullinieae
Genus: Cardiospermum
Species: C. anomalum – C. bahianum – C. corindum – C. grandiflorum – C. halicacabum – C. heringeri – C. integerrimum – C. microcarpum – C. strictum – C. urvilleoides

Cardiospermum L., Sp. Pl. 1: 366. (1753)

Type species: Cardiospermum halicacabum L., Sp. Pl. 1: 366 (-367). (1753)


Corindum Mill.
Rhodiola Lour. non Rhodiola L., Sp. Pl. 2: 1035. (1753) (Crassulaceae)


Linnaeus, C. 1753. Species Plantarum 1: 366.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2021. Cardiospermum in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 July 25. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2021. Cardiospermum. Published online. Accessed: July 25 2021. 2021. Cardiospermum. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 July 25.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Cardiospermum in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 08-Apr-12.

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:

Cardiospermum corindum
Cardiospermum dissectum
Cardiospermum grandiflorum
Cardiospermum halicacabum


"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.
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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