Provision tree, Water chestnut, French peanut , Malabar chestnut , Mexican fortune tree , Shaving brush tree, Guiana chestnut
This tender perennial grown as a houseplant. It is often sold as multiple plants with their stems plaited to make 'one' plant. It has green shiny ovate leaves and an arching habit. In it's native habitat it can grow up to 18m high with shiny green palmate leaves. It's showy flowers open like banana peel to reveal yellow hair like stamens. It can produce edible nuts in large woody pods and are said to taste like peanuts.