The houseplant is native to the tropical areas of South and Central America. In its natural habitat, Pachira aquatica grows in swamps. The plant is known as the best natural air purifier.
This plant is a wetland tree reaching a height of 59 feet (18 m) in the wild. You can grow it as an ornamental plant as well as a houseplant. Kept in small pots, Pachira aquatica stays in a dwarf size. As a houseplant, Malabar Chestnut twines around itself and creates a twisted or braided look.
Malabar Chestnut has glossy palmate leaves with dark visible veins. The leaves resemble a hand with five fingers. The tree produces white flowers and edible nuts. Unfortunately, this plant rarely blooms indoors.