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Quararibea funebris, Rosita de Cacao, Cabezona, Molinillo, Funeral Tree

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 Quararibea funebris
Family: Malvaceae   (Formerly:Bombacaceae)
Subfamily: Bombacoideae
Rosita de Cacao, Cabezona, Molinillo, Funeral Tree
Origin: Southern Mexico
Big tree > 20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Spice or herbSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

South American Sapote relative known for its flowers which yield an aromatic spice. The dried flowers are used as a flavoring for chocolate drinks and a variety of other things and for perfume producing. The fragrance stays in dry flowers for decades, thus they were used for funeral ceremonies and were found in crypts still fragrant after many years. The wood of this tree was used for fishing: pieces of the scented wood placed in water attracts fishes. Aztecs mixed flowers with chocolate to add spicy pungent taste, hence the name Rosita de Cacao. The tree seems to be somewhat hardy and able to survive brief temperature drops to the 30s.

Other names: Cacao Flower, Flor de Cacao, Madre Cacao, Molinillo. Aztec names: Poyomatli, Xochicacaohuatl, Flor Cacahuaxochitl, Cacaoxochitl

See Article about Drink of the Gods.


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Quararibea funebris, Rosita de Cacao, Cabezona, Molinillo, Funeral Tree

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Quararibea funebris, Rosita de Cacao, Cabezona, Molinillo, Funeral Tree

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Quararibea funebris, Rosita de Cacao, Cabezona, Molinillo, Funeral Tree

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Quararibea funebris, Rosita de Cacao, Cabezona, Molinillo, Funeral Tree

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Quararibea funebris, Rosita de Cacao, Cabezona, Molinillo, Funeral Tree

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Quararibea funebris, Rosita de Cacao, Cabezona, Molinillo, Funeral Tree

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Quararibea funebris, Rosita de Cacao, Cabezona, Molinillo, Funeral Tree

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Quararibea funebris, Rosita de Cacao, Cabezona, Molinillo, Funeral Tree

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Quararibea funebris, Rosita de Cacao, Cabezona, Molinillo, Funeral Tree

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Quararibea funebris, Rosita de Cacao, Cabezona, Molinillo, Funeral Tree

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Rosita de Cacao, "Drink of the Gods". Rare aromatic tree from Mexico, an obscure spice. Fragrant flowers that are closely associated with cacao, mixed with chocolate and other ingredients to concoct Oaxacan cacao drink tejate, a spicy energy beverage with medicinal and religious significance - "the drink of the gods". The plant is hardy to the 30s F. Round crown shape, does not require pruning and looks nice and neat as a landscape centerpiece or specimen plant; easily grown in container.
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