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Pachira aquatica

 
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Pachira aquatica - Guiana-chestnut
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Common name: Guiana-chestnut
Family: Malvaceae (Mallow)
Distribution: Tropical Central & South America
Life form: Tree
Description: Guiana Chestnut is a great example of a well known houseplant that attains a massive size when grown outdoors in South Florida. Native to Central and South America, it first became popular as the “money tree,” in Asia. Now grown worldwide as a houseplant, its shiny compound leaves and curiously swollen stem give small specimens the appearance of a miniature tree. When grown outdoors to maturity, it has a massive buttressed trunk, large cream colored flowers with a puff of orange stamens, and fruits that look like footballs.

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