Saba Nut
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Saba Nut
E Introduced Photo: Joseph Thomas
Common name: Saba Nut, American Chestnut
Botanical name: Pachira glabra    Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Synonyms: Bombax glabrum, Bombax oleagineum

Saba Nut is an evergreen tree growing up to 9-15 m tall, and its leaves are digitately compound with a fan of 5 to 9 leaflets. It has smooth greenish-gray bark and the trunks are often swollen at the base, even at a young age. Its large, white, fragrant flowers bloom on a long, at branch-ends flower-cluster-stalk, opening at night and dropping by the middle of the following day. Its 10-20 cm long smooth green fruit split open naturally to reveal 10 to 25 irregularly rounded brown seeds that are roughly 2.5 cm in diameter. In Brazil the Saba nut is a fruit tree, cultivated as an ornamental elsewhere.

Identification credit: Joseph Thomas Photographed in Ernakulam, Kerala.

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