(rare) The tree Chiranthodendron pentadactylon , or the red, hand-like flower this tree produces.
* 1828 , Mark Beaufoy, Mexican illustrations, founded upon facts , page 230:
- The manita tree,* so named from the singular formation of its flower, a drawing of which is placed as the frontispiece of this book, is a species of plant almost unknown in the catalogues of botanists.
* 1829 October 3, in the Mechanics' Magazine, Museum, Register, Journal, and Gazette , number 321, page 112:
- * Manita means a little hand.
* 1838 , John Murray, The economy of vegetation, or phœnomena of plants , page 159:
- Tradition states, that though the Indians did not actually worship the manita tree, yet they regarded the flower with a sort of religious veneration.
* circa 1846', ''Traveling Sketches'', from a work by Waddy Thompson, republished in the ''Rural Repository'' (' 1846 July 18), volume 22, number 23, page 181:
- The curious manita , or ‘hand tree,’ near the city of Mexico, is another of these curiosities.
* 1852 , Victoria Alexandrina M.L. Gregory, A young traveller's journal of a tour in North and South America during the year 1850
- with high walls on every side but open at the top and certainly not exceeding 80 feet square, and this is the botanic garden of the palace of Mexico; a few shrubs and plants and the celebrated manita tree, are all that it contains.
* 1928 , Ernest Gruening, Mexico and its heritage , page 74:
- Close by was a plant of the manita , a flower which the Aztecs used to worship ; it is in the form of a hand, with four fingers and a thumb : this they imagined to be the hand of one of their most powerful deities, and adored it ; its colour is a brilliant scarlet.
* 2000 , Stephen Harrigan, The Gates of the Alamo: A Novel :
- Here one finds among remedies for every organ and ailment, manita , whose red flower, shaped like thumb and four fingers gives its name “the little hand.”
- A sign nailed to a manita tree read “Jardín Botánica.” Edmund surveyed this pathetic place in disbelief. The botanic garden of the Palace of Mexico was cramped, airless, light-starved, and populated with meager, untended specimens —
* ; Mexican hand tree; handflower, handflower tree; macpalxochitl