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Cacao Tree

Theobroma cacao


Theobroma cacao also cacao tree and cocoa tree, is a small (4–8 m(13–26 ft) tall) evergreen tree in the family Malvaceae ,native to the deep tropical region of America. Its seeds are used to make cocoa powder and chocolate . Leaves are alternate, entire, unlobed, 10–40 cm (3.9–16 in) long and 5–20 cm (2.0–7.9 in) broad. The flowers are produced in clusters directly on the trunk and older branches; this is known as cauliflory . The flowers are small, 1–2 cm (0.39–0.79 in) diameter, with pink calyx.


Cacao trees grow well as understory plants in humid forest ecosystems.


Found inside FIU greenhouse

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Florida, USA

Spotted on Jan 27, 2012
Submitted on Jan 18, 2013


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