We recently inherited a new plant with no information about the species or location where it naturally grows. It looks like it has been regularly trimmed by the previous owner, and I'm not sure if the braided trunk at the bottom is naturally occurring or if that was shaped by the owner. Also, it has a height of about 1.4 meters (55 inches). On average, there are about 6 leaflets per leaf.

Any ideas on what this plant species is? Or any general ideas about the family or order?

Also, I'm living in the Netherlands.

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    Welcome to the site James! That's an interesting looking plant. Thanks for all of the details and pictures. Since location's often important with identification questions, would you please add where you live? Thanks! – Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL Dec 14 '15 at 23:59
  • Location added! – RTbecard Dec 15 '15 at 10:56

This is Brachychiton rupestris, commonly known as the narrow-leaved bottle tree or Queensland bottle tree, is a tree in the family Malvaceae native to Queensland, Australia. ~Wikipedia

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Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brachychiton_rupestris

As a houseplant (bonsai): http://www.indoor-plant-care.com/plant-list/brachychiton-rupestris/

Identification Photos: https://www.google.ca/search?q=brachychiton+rupestris+houseplant&safe=off&espv=2&biw=1920&bih=921&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwia6J6A0b7MAhWHmIMKHcU-D24QsAQIGg

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I'm pretty sure that's a variation of an pachira aquatica.

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    Can you add more details so the user can find out how to care for the plant? – kevinsky Dec 16 '15 at 15:02
  • Sorry for the delayed response! Pachira aquatica definitely looks like its on the right track, but I had trouble finding and pictures of it or related species which also has leaves as thin as ours. I'm holding off on accepting this as an answer for a few more days, but if no closer matches appear or if I come across a picture of this species with thin leaves, I'll take this as the answer! – RTbecard Dec 20 '15 at 22:35

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