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Theobroma cacao, Chocolate Tree, Cacao, Cocoa Tree

Theobroma cacao

Chocolate Tree, Cacao, Cocoa Tree
Family: Malvaceae
Origin: Tropical America
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersYellow/orange flowersEthnomedical plant.
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Varieties: Red , Yellow. Season: October-January. This beautiful tree has large dark green leaves that shade the fruit pods which grow directly from the trunk and branches. The flesh is eaten as a dessert, and the seeds are the raw material of chocolate. Hot chocolate can be made by drying the seeds, roasting, grinding, and adding milk. Chocolate beans were used as money by the Maya Indians of Central America. The red pods are larger and have more abundant flesh. Cocoa is prepared by grinding the beans into a paste between hot rollers and mixing it with sugar and starch, part of the fat being removed. Chocolate is prepared in much the same way, but the fat is retained. Oil of Theobroma or butter is a yellowish white solid, with an odor resembling that of cocoa, taste bland and agreeable; generally extracted by expression. It is used as an ingredient in cosmetic ointments and in pharmacy for coating pills and preparing suppositories. It has excellent emollient properties and is used to soften and protect chapped hands and lips. Theobromine, the alkaloid contained in the beans, resembles caffeine in its action, but its effect on the central nervous system is less powerful. Its action on muscle, the kidneys and the heart is more pronounced. It is used principally for its effect due to stimulation of the renal epithelium; it is especially useful when there is an accumulation of fluid in the body resulting from cardiac failure, when it is often given with digitalis to relieve dilatation. It is also employed in high blood pressure as it dilates the blood-vessels. It is best administered in powders or cachets. See Article about Drink of the Gods.





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Chocolate tree, Theobroma cacao

Chocolate tree, Cacao. This beautiful tree has large dark green leaves that shade the fruit pods which grow directly from the trunk and branches. The flesh is eaten as a dessert, and the seeds are the raw material of chocolate. Hot chocolate can be made by drying the seeds, roasting, grinding, and adding milk. Chocolate beans were used as money by the Maya Indians of Central America.
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Thespesia acutiloba, Thespesia populnea var. acutiloba , Small-leaved Tulip-tree

Thespesia acutiloba, Thespesia populnea var. acutiloba

Small-leaved Tulip-tree
Family: Malvaceae
Origin: South Africa
Big tree > 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterModerate waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Thespesia acutiloba is similar to Thespesia populnea except that leaves with three sharply-pointed lobes. Small drooping tree with yellow to orange Hibiscus-like flowers.




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Thespesia populnea, Hibiscus populneus, Seaside Mahoe, Portia Tree, Milo

Thespesia populnea, Hibiscus populneus

Seaside Mahoe, Portia Tree, Milo
Family: Malvaceae
Origin: India
Big tree > 20 ftFull sunRegular waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Known as Milo in Hawaii, this tree is often planted in front of Buddhist Temples.

Originally from the Old World, the Portia Tree was brought to Hawaii by early Polynesian settlers. The Tahitians considered it sacred and grew it near places of worship.

The fruits, flowers and young leaves are edible. The timber is hard, termite-resistant, has an attractive grain and dark-red color, and is naturally oily so it can be highly polished. As the timber does not impart a flavor, it is often used to carve wooden food bowls and food utensils in Hawaii.

Other products extracted from the plant includes tannin, oil and gums (a dark red resin exudes from the bark). A fast growing shrub that grows into a small tree with spreading branches, it casts welcome shade and in Hawaii were planted near homes for this purpose. In India, they were planted to provide shade in coffee and tea plantations.

Has many traditional medicinal uses.





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Thespesia populnea - Milo Portia

Thespesia populnea. Known as Milo in Hawaii, this tree is often planted in front of Buddhist Temples. Originally from the Old World, the Portia Tree was brought to Hawaii by early Polynesian settlers. The Tahitians considered it sacred and grew it near places of worship. The fruits, flowers and young leaves are edible. Has many traditional medicinal uses. The timber is hard, termite-resistant, has an attractive grain and dark-red color, and is naturally oily so it can be highly polished. As the timber does not impart a flavor, it is often used to carve wooden food bowls and food utensils in Hawaii. A fast growing shrub that grows into a small tree with spreading branches, it casts welcome shade and in Hawaii were planted near homes for this purpose. In India, they were planted to provide shade in coffee and tea plantations.

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Thespesia Portica Asiatica, Asian Portoe, Dwarf Asian Portia, Sea Hibiscus

Thespesia Portica Asiatica

Asian Portoe, Dwarf Asian Portia, Sea Hibiscus
Family: Malvaceae
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSeaside, salt tolerant plant

This tropical small tree demands a warm, frost-free climate and prefer moist, well-drained soil with full sun. Flowers change color from yellow to red with age within 1-2 days. Water freely during warmer months. Propagate from seed in spring or cutting in summer.





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Thevetia ahouai, Ahouai nitida, Plumeriopsis ahouai, Broadleaf Thevetia, Yellow oleander, Dog's Tongue, Dog Balls, Grandfather's Balls

Thevetia ahouai, Ahouai nitida, Plumeriopsis ahouai

Broadleaf Thevetia, Yellow oleander, Dog's Tongue, Dog Balls, Grandfather's Balls
Family: Apocynaceae
Origin: Central America, Mexico
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunRegular waterModerate waterYellow/orange flowersFragrantIrritatingPoisonous or toxic

Thevetia ahouai is usually an evergreen shrub growing 1 - 3 metres tall, though sometimes it becomes a small tree.

The species can be used as an ornamental, and have bright yellow flowers which give off a subtle scent.

When cut the leaves and bark exude a milky white sap which can cause irritation when coming in contact with the skin. Thevetia ahouai's fruit are 2-3 cm long to 3-5 cm wide with bright red color. Special caution must be taken with children and pets as they're highly toxic.





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