Plant ID forum: Money tree. What is this?

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Name: Lynne
Houston, TX. Zone 9b (Zone 9b)
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LynneHTx
Feb 9, 2015 7:25 PM CST
My niece gave me a unofficial looking package of seeds for Christmas that were labeled 'money tree'. The seeds were flat, like a flattened bean -brown and cream striations on them. Any idea what this really is? So far it's quite the prolific grower.
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Feb 9, 2015 7:28 PM CST
Watermelon?
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Feb 9, 2015 8:23 PM CST
Maybe. It may be too early to tell what it is. Adult leave are often very different than the juvenile ones.
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Feb 9, 2015 10:41 PM CST
"Money Tree Seeds" are a popular gift...and a joke/gag gift. The seeds can be from any type of fast-growing plant.

There is another plant called a "Money Tree Plant' - Pachira aquatica aka Bombax glabrum, but the seeds look (to me) more like a striped snail shell and are not flat as you described yours to be.

Please keep taking photos so we can watch your Money Tree as it grows. Thank You!
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Feb 10, 2015 8:39 AM CST
The first plant that came to my mind was Money Plant (Lunaria annua) which has the common name of "Money Plant" and has flat, brown seeds.

Another image of a seed can be seen here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lunaria_annua_seed_J1...
And, a good image of seedlings: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/234829/
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Feb 10, 2015 10:08 AM CST
I see the prickly stem and am reminded of melon/watermelon/squash. There is an image in this blog, Our Green Haven/watermelon, image 11 of 18, which has quite a bit of similarity:

http://ourgreenhaven.blogspot.com/search/label/watermelon

It will be exciting to watch the little plant as it grows. Thumbs up
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Name: Lynne
Houston, TX. Zone 9b (Zone 9b)
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LynneHTx
Feb 14, 2015 1:01 AM CST
Thanks all. These look to match photos of the watermelon seedlings linked above. Definitely not houseplant material and with no free space outside for something like this, I think I'll give the seedlings back to my niece. Thanks.

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