Árvore do dinheiro

Castanha da Guiana também conhecida como castanha Malabar, amendoim francês, árvore de provisão, castanha Saba, Monguba (Brasil), Pumpo (Guatemala), árvore do dinheiro e planta do dinheiro.
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Pachira aquatica

Castanha da Guiana
Pachira_aquatica (Wikipedia)

Pachira aquatica
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Scientific classification edit
P. aquatica
Binomial name
Pachira aquatica

Carolinea macrocarpa
Bombax macrocarpum
Pachira macrocarpa

Pachira aquatica is a tropical wetland tree in the mallow family Malvaceae, native to Central and South America where it grows in swamps. It is known by its nonscientific names Malabar chestnut, French peanut, Guiana chestnut, Provision tree, Saba nut, Monguba (Brazil), Pumpo (Guatemala) and is commercially sold under the names Money tree and Money plant. This tree is sometimes sold with a braided trunk and is commonly grown as a houseplant, although more commonly what is sold as a "Pachira aquatica" houseplant is in fact a similar species, P. glabra.

The genus name is derived from a language spoken in Guyana. The species name is Latin for "aquatic". It is classified in the subfamily Bombacoideae of the family Malvaceae. Previously it was assigned to Bombacaceae. The name "money tree" is believed to refer to a story of its origin, in which a poor man prayed for money, found this "odd" plant, took it home as an omen, and made money selling plants grown from its seeds.

Money Tree (Wiktionary)




money tree (plural money trees)

  1. (non-idiomatic usage) An imaginary tree from which money can be plucked; mentioned as an impossible object — see: money doesn't grow on trees.
    • 1967, Canadian Parliament, House of Commons Debates, Volume 1, page 699,
      Maybe we could learn how to grow money trees.
    • 2004, Leo Furey, The Long Run, page 86,
      Money does not grow on trees. There is no money tree at Mount Kildare. If we had a money tree, boys, there would be no need of the bakery, no need of the raffle.
  2. (US) A miniature tree sculpture decorated with currency, often used as a raffle prize or a gift.
    • 1972, American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, American Association of Industrial Nurses, Occupational
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