Guiana Chestnut Overview
Pachira is a genus containing around 47 trees in the mallow family, Malvaceae. This genus is native to Central and South America, Africa and India where these plants are found in tropical habitats. It includes small, medium and large trees carrying deeply divided, digitate leaves, often showy white or red flowers and large woody ovoid fruits containing many seeds (which are rarely produced when for plants grown indoors). Commonly cultivated varieties include P. aquatica, which is grown as a houseplant, often with plaited trunks – this particular species is colloquially known as the Money Tree, because it is thought to bring good luck and fortune to the home in which it is nurtured.
Special features of Guiana Chestnut
Grown as a houseplant in temperate climates.