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Pachira aquatica

Water chestnut

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    Description

    Pachira aquatica (Water chestnut). Pachira aquatica is a tropical wetland tree which is known by the common names Water chestnut, Malabar chestnut, Guiana chestnut, and Saba nut. It is native to Central and South America, where it grows in swamps. P. aquatica can grow up to 18 metres in height in the wild. It has shiny green palmate leaves and smooth green bark. Its showy flowers have long, narrow petals that open like a banana peel to reveal hairlike yellowish orange stamens. The nuts are light brown, striped with white.

    Interest and use

    The tree is cultivated for its edible nuts which grow in a very large, woody pod. They are said to taste like peanuts, and can be eaten raw or cooked or ground into a flour to make bread. The leaves and flowers are also edible.

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    Needs

      Cultivation

      The tree grows well as a tropical ornamental in moist, frost-free areas.

      Propagation

      Propagation from seed or cutting.

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