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The flower by Hans Hillewaert,

The fruit by Hans Hillewaert,


Author: Jean B.C. Fusée Aublet, 1775
Origin:  Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela
Soil:  Rich
Water:  Maximum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  60 Centimetres
Height:  20 Meters
Flower:  White
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Malabar Chestnut, Lykke Kastanie, Provision Tree, Saba Nut, Guiana Chestnut, Malabar Chestnut, Castaño de Guayana, Castanhola, Chestnut of the Maranhao, Pareira Decuba, Munguba.
Synonyms:  Grandiflora pachira.
Aquatica pachira.
Nitida pachyra.
Bombax aquaticum
K.Schumann, 1890.
Bombax macrocarpum,
Bombax rigidifolium,
Carolinea grandiflora,
Carolinea macrocarpa,
Schltdl. & Cham.
Carolinea princeps,
Pachira aquatica
var. manausensis, A.Robyns.
Pachira aquatica
var. occidentalis, Cuatrec.
Pachira aquatica
var. surinamensis, Decne.
Pachira grandiflora,
Pachira longifolia,
Pachira macrocarpa,
Pachira pustulifera,
Pachira villosula,

This member of the Bombacaceae* family was described by Jean Baptiste Christophore Fusée Aublet in 1775. It is found in Mexico and the tropical part of south America, growing along rivers. Rich soil, lots of water and some sun. It can reach for 20 meters. The white (crème/green) flowers are 20 centimetres, and the fruits the same. Can be reproduced by cuttings as well.

The genera name from the Guyanese name for one of the trees in this genera. The species name means 'lives in water'.

*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Bombacaceae is now part of the Malvaceae.

A big tree by Berichard,