- Flower nameMalabar chestnut
- Scientific namePachira
- AliasPachira glabra, Guiana chestnut, Malabar chestnut, French peanut, provision tree, saba nut, Wild cocoa, Water chestnut, Pachira aquatica, パキラ・アクアティカ, パキラ, Pachira, パキラ・グラブラ
- Place of originMexico, Brazil, Peru
- Place of floweringOrnamental plants
- Flowering seasonMay, June, July, August, September
What is Malabar chestnut
Pachira (scientific name: Pachira), native to Mexico, Brazil, and Peru, is a tall evergreen tree in the genus Pachira of the mallow family. It is mainly used as a potted houseplant. The tree is up to 20 meters tall with an enlarged base and spongy wood.
The genus Pachira includes Pachira aquatica , Pachira glabra andt etc., which are similar. The main differences are the color of the flowers and the size of the fruits.
Pachira aquatica has large fruits, also called cayenne nuts, and its flowers consist of long, narrow yellow petals and numerous yellow-orange stamens.
Pachira glabra has a smooth, gray-green stem bark and white flowers with long, conspicuous stamens.
Common name: Pachira, scientific name: Pachira, life form: evergreen tree, height: 5-20 m, trunk bark: gray (P. aquatica) or green (P. glabra), tree habit: spongy, leaf color: green, leaf shape: palmately compound, leaflets: long-lanceolate, lobes: 10-30 cm, leaf margin: entire, inflorescence: alternate, stamen length: Stamens: 10-20 cm, stamen cluster width: 1.5-2.5 cm, flowering season: May-September, fruit type: capsule, fruit length: 10-30 cm, fruit shape: oblong-oval, seed: brown and spherical, use: ornamental plant.