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Can anyone identify this plant please ?



  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 6,174

    Don't think it's a money tree/shrub/bush or otherwise.
    If it's money tree, the leaves are very thick and it you snap a leaf in 1/2 it will ooze sap.

    I had a feeling it may be an avocado, and found a few pix-

    Assuming the above link works, looks very similar
    Good luck

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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    It is Pachira aquatica.

    People are getting mixed up with the common names.

  • Jean GenieJean Genie Posts: 1,724

    Hi everyone,

    Sorry for the late reply, it is Pachira aquatica. image

    Think I let it get a little too hot last Summer as it lost some of it's leaves but it's come back with a vengence now !

    Definitely not a Money plant - I've got one of those, ( not that it brings me any money ) image

    Thanks for replying everyone. image


  • Yup, common names often lead to confusion. It doesn't help that in the ebay link above, the plant is wrongly named. I believe that the common name of Pachira aquatica is Water Chestnut or other similar names containing "chestnut", but it is mentioned on several websites as a "Money tree" - I suspect as a marketing ploy!

  • big edbig ed Posts: 14

    Yes, your so right landgirl common names do lead to oddities, trouble is the authorities themselves over the years have interfered with the common sense of sticking to one straight road for identification ....God knows what it would cost today to correct even my modest library! I often simply go to Wikipedia where strangely, for a non specialist tomb, little clues raise their heads to tie together common or fanciful names to some of the "correct" formal identities.....shame it's come to this.....I was once given a "Shoe Tree" but despite careful searching, planting, grafting and "t budding" nothing came of it. Seems you enjoy the same scepticism and dry humour as do I. Kindest regards.

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