What Is This Houseplant?

What Is This Houseplant? multi-branched plantI'm trying to care for the plants in my office, but I don't know what kind this particular one is. I already tried a google image search and had no luck. I'd really appreciate your help and am sorry for the messy picture!


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September 22, 20170 found this helpful
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Thank you so much for your quick responses and help! I googled schefflera and found images of Pachira Aquatica and I believe that's it. I've included a better picture of the leaves. Sorry!

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September 23, 20170 found this helpful

I am glad we could help and now that you have found the exact name that is even better. These are nice houseplants.

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October 1, 20171 found this helpful

It is useful, to take good care of this plant, to know that it is actually a tree and that it can be 20 meters high in its native tropical region. It is a member of the Bombacaceae family, that is the Baobab family so when you wonder when to water and how much, it helps to imagine that the whole trunk is a reserve of water and will rot if left with stagnant water at the root level.

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May 21, 20180 found this helpful

Catherine, it looks like the subfamily has been reclassified. It is now Bombacoideae. I was reading about it on Wikipedia


Your instructions still apply though. :)

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September 21, 20171 found this helpful

Hard to tell from this photo but maybe a schefflera??

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September 22, 20171 found this helpful

I agree that it looks like it is in the schefflera family. The photo is not very clear on showing the leaves so the exact name would be difficult.

  • The schefflera is a large family of plants but mostly all take the same type of care so the exact name is probably not necessary for knowing how to care for it.
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  • I believe your plant may be Schefflera Amate but maybe you can check out the leaves as your photo does not show them well enough correctly.
  • Leaves make a big difference in the names as that is usually what distinguishes one plant from another.
  • If it is getting too "leggy" then it may not be getting enough light.

Here is a link to care information.

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September 24, 20173 found this helpful

I do have a plant exactly like that. It is know affectionately by the name "Money Tree".

It does not like to be overly watered. Once a week is sufficient.


It can grow into several feet tall and will need some sort of support.

Also as it grows you will need to re-plant it into a large planter.

It does not like to be disturbed, therefore I would suggest a quiet corner of a room.

Enjoy your plant!

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