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Pachira aquatica is a tropical wetland tree in the mallow family Malvaceae, native to Central and South America where it grows in swamps. It is known by its common names Malabar chestnut, French peanut, Guiana chestnut, Provision tree, Saba nut, Monguba (Brazil), Pumpo (Guatemala) and is commercially sold under the names Money tree and Money plant. This tree is sometimes sold with a braided trunk and is commonly grown as a houseplant, although more commonly what is sold as a "Pachira aquatica" houseplant is in fact a similar species, P. glabra.[2]




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In East Asia, Pachira aquatica (Chinese: 馬拉巴栗; pinyin: Mǎlābā lì; lit. 'Malabar chestnut') is often referred to as the "shake money tree" (搖錢樹). This tree has long been popular as an ornamental in Japan. In 1986, a Taiwanese truck driver first cultivated five small trees in a single flowerpot with their trunks braided. The popularity of these ornamentals took off in Japan and later much of the rest of East Asia. They are symbolically associated with good financial fortune and are typically seen in businesses, sometimes with red ribbons or other ornamentation attached. The trees play an important role in Taiwan's agricultural export economy with exports of NT$250 million (US$7 million) in 2005.[13] However, many specimens in cultivation sold as Pachira aquatica are actually the similar species, P. glabra, which develops a thick base at a younger age and has a smaller growth habit, less showy flowers, and a 6" green seed capsule rather than 12" brown seed capsule.


Malabar chestnuts/ Pachira Aquatica, grow on a large evergreen tree, and also can be planted as a potted bonsai tree. Commonly known as Guiana chestnut, Saba Nut, Money tree, Money plant, Provision tree, and Guyana chestnut as the tree is planted as a street tree, to provide shade and as an ornamental in gardens.


Raw Malabar Chestnut seeds are soft and have a taste that is similar to that of peanuts. When cooked, they become crunchy and take on a deep chestnut and macadamia nut-like flavor that is mildly sweet and nutty.


Malabar chestnuts can be consumed raw or cooked. They can also be ground into a flour and used to make bread. They can also be added to salads, stir-fries, eaten on their own as a snack, or ground and made into a hot drink. In addition to the nuts, the young leaves and flowers can be cooked and prepared as a vegetable and have a green, nutty flavor.


Guiana chestnut is a perennial tropical plant that has recently become popular as a potted ornamental in Japan. In October 2001, severe stem rot occurred on Guiana chestnut plants grown in a greenhouse in Mie Prefecture, Japan. Water-soaked lesions appeared initially at the base of the stems and enlarged gradually toward the tops of plants. The affected tissues were softened and turned dark brown. Rotting was observed in the vascular bundles with advanced disease development. Globose hyphal swellings were numerous on diseased stems. Sections from diseased stems were cleaned by washing with running tap-water, placed on water agar, and incubated at 25C. A species of Pythium was identified on the basis of morphological and cultural characteristics (1) and isolated consistently from the rotted stems of diseased plants. All isolates produced abundant hyphal swellings that were globose, smooth, 12 to 39 μm in diameter, mostly terminal, dark colored, and with dense granulated contents. Zoospores were absent. All isolates were of the compatibility '+ type' with production of sexual organs when paired with cultures of the '- type' tester isolate of Pythium splendens Braun (CBS462.48). Oogonia produced by crossings between Guiana chestnut isolates and isolate CBS462.48 were terminal or intercalary, globose, smooth-walled, and 32 to 38 μm in diameter. Antheridia were terminal, one to three per oogonium, sac-like, and diclinous. Oospores were single, aplerotic, globose, and 28 to 32 μm in diameter. The thickness of the oospore wall ranged from 1 to 2 μm. The internal transcribed spacer rDNA sequences of representative isolate OPU591 from Guiana chestnut matched those of CBS462.48 (similarity 99.2%) and have been deposited in GenBank under the Accession No. AY375242. Pathogenicity tests were conducted on potted Guiana chestnut plants (30 cm high and 7 to 10 cm in diameter at base of the stem) using isolate OPU591. A mycelial suspension from one culture, grown at 25C for 7 days on water agar, was inoculated onto a single plant. Prior to inoculation, a wound (10 mm deep and 30 mm long) was made on the surface at the stem base on five plants. The mycelial suspension was poured onto the base of the stems of five wounded and five nonwounded plants. In addition, five wounded and five nonwounded, noninoculated plants were used as controls. Plants were maintained in a greenhouse for 8 weeks after inoculation. The temperature and relative humidity in the greenhouse ranged from 25 to 30C and 65 to 75%, respectively. Dark-brown rotting developed on the stems of all wounded, inoculated plants by 20 days after inoculation. P. splendens was isolated from diseased tissues and found to be morphologically identical to the original isolate. This confirmed P. splendens as the causal agent of the disease. Disease did not develop on nonwounded inoculated plants or noninoculated plants. To our knowledge, this is the first report of P. splendens on Guiana chestnut. Potted plants of Guiana chestnut are often injured by frequent transplanting and transferring. Such injuries may have predisposed the plant to infection by P. splendens. Reference: (1) A. J. van der Plaats-Niterink. Page 1 in: Monograph of the Genus Pythium. Studies in Mycology Vol. 21, Centraalbureau Voor Schimmelcultures, Baarn, the Netherlands, 1981.


In recent years, botanical science has successfully created hybrid chestnuts crossed from the genetic materials of various hardy strains that may possibly create a new generation of re-forestation, so there are young ones in the ground today. But to find an old original chestnut tree that dates to the blight era is very, very rare.


In the 1990s, I worked for a while at Malabar Farm as a Naturalist, and because I had a uniform and wore the Smokey Hat I was privileged to become one of the few initiates who were led to the secret spot in the woods where the chestnut tree lived.


Pachira aquatica is a tropical evergreen tree native to Central and South America. It is known by a number of common names including Guiana chestnut, saba chestnut, Malabar chestnut, and money tree. In addition to being grown as a food source and ornamental plant, this tropical tree is also cultivated as a houseplant. Kept in small pots, it will stay in a dwarf size and can be an attractive decorative plant for indoor spaces.


The Pachira Aquatica (Guiana chestnut or Water chestnut) is native to Central and South America. It grows in swamps and river deltas with varying water levels, and can reach up to 20 metres in height. Its bright green leaves are hand-shaped. Both the leaves and nuts are edible. The Guiana chestnut makes a relatively slender and flexible stem, which can be plaited, making it the perfect duo of pachiras for any style!


In Europe, the Water chestnut can only be kept as an houseplant. The plant never flowers indoors. It likes a light spot or semi-shade, but you should never put it in the sun.This plant needs a good splash of water once every three or four weeks. Because the Guiana chestnut stores water in its stem, the soil must be dried out before watering is given again.


Native to the wetlands of tropical America, the money tree thrives in hot, humid climates. Also known as French peanut, Guiana chestnut, Malabar chestnut and water chestnut, money trees grow up to 60 feet tall in their native habitat, according to the Missouri Botanical Garden. When grown as a houseplant, a money tree can grow up to 6 to 8 feet tall if the trunk is not braided. Braiding three, five or seven stems together helps keep the money tree small. It also can be trimmed regularly to develop a thick trunk suited to a bonsai form.


Pachira aquatica is a highly decorative tree with large, compound leaves with five to nine leaflets, not dissimilar to those found on Schefflera species (umbrella trees). Also known as Guiana chestnut or Malabar chestnut, the stems are often braided, or have very swollen trunk bases and are smooth. When mature, the trees produce striking flowers and large nuts


Pachira aquatica is known by a large number of common names including water chestnut, Guiana chestnut and Malabar chestnut. In addition, it is often commercially sold as a houseplant or bonsai under the name of money tree or money plant. In the wild, this is a tropical evergreen estuarine species that is native to freshwater swamps, estuaries and river banks in tropical rainforests from Mexico to northern South America. It is cultivated in Hawaii and southern California. It is typically grown outdoors in frost-free climates as a tropical ornamental and/or for harvest of its edible nuts. In cooler climates, it is often grown indoors as a foliage houseplant (rarely flowers) or bonsai, often in a braided trunk form. Water chestnut is an evergreen tree or large shrub that will grow to 60' tall in its native habitat, but usually smaller (to 30') in home landscapes. Houseplants typically grow to 6-8' tall. Each palmately compound leaf has 5-9, elliptic to lance-shaped, shiny green leaflets (to 5-10" long). Large, greenish to yellowish-white flowers feature five long cream-colored petals surrounding 200-250 tightly-packed, red-tipped stamens (to 3-4" long). Bushy stamens have a shaving-brush like appearance. Flowers bloom for one day and are fragrant at night. Fruit is a heavy, woody, brown capsule (to 12" long) that bursts when mature to release edible nuts (seeds) which may be eaten raw or roasted or ground into flour. Young leaves and flowers may be cooked as a vegetable.Genus name comes from the native Guyanese name.Specific epithet means growing in or near water.Common name of money tree comes from an old tale in which a poor man acquired wealth by discovering this tree and selling its seeds. Under Feng Shui teachings, money tree is believed to bring good luck to those who plant it in their home or office. Roasted nuts reportedly taste like chestnuts and plants grow in water, hence the common name of water chestnut for this plant. 041b061a72


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