Theobroma cacao

Scientific name: Theobroma cacao L.
Botanical family: MALVACEAE

Vernacular names

(In territories with significant traditional TRAMIL use)

Dominican Republic:

  • cacao

Other vernacular names

Botanical description

Small tree, 6- 8 (-12-14) m high.  Leaf, alternate, simple, entire, sinuate, petiole 1-2 cm, blades obovate-elliptic to oblong elliptic, 16-40 x 4.5-13 cm, base rounded to obtuse, apex acute; inflorescence axillary, 1-many flowered, clustered cymes, cauliflorous; petals white 4-4.5 mm long; fruit a glabrous, ellipsoid, leathery berry, 10-20 x 8-10 cm wide, ripening green, yellow, red or purple; seeds brown, ovoid or elliptic, 2-4x1.2-2 cm long with a sweet surrounding pulp.







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