Pachira glabra
This plant is a tree which can grow near to 20m in height and is sparsely distributed from sub-tropical to tropical regions.   The trunk is ash-green and sometimes the base is swollen.
The leaf is a palmately compound leaf, has a long stem of 20 to 25cm in length, and consists of 5 to 9 leaflets.
It started blooming from 2010 in Higashiyama Botanical Garden.
It blooms from around sunrise to dawn and the light yellowish-green petals bend backwards to roll up and project many stamens in a bunch.   The stamens are long and form pairs like pine needles.   About 10 pairs form a bunch, and about 10 bunches fuse around the pistil.   The flower usually falls off in the early morning.  The petals and stamens fall off at the same time.   The flower falls into pieces but the stamens remain in a bunch.   When the flower doesn't fall off because it is at an angle, the filament turns brown.   It blooms for one day; large and small buds open sequentially.  The flower has a fragrance.
The fruit is a little larger than a lemon and has 5 potential openings.   Inside the pericarp there are silky hairs and around 15 seeds.  The seed coat is brown with light yellow parallel stripes.
Classification: Bombacaceae Pachira
Scientific name: Pachira glabra
Japanese name: ---
English Name: ---
Native locality: Brazil
Ecological description: Evergreen tree
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Planting place: South and Central America Greenhouse
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