Theobroma cacao L.

 
  • Family : STERCULIACEAE
    (Sterculia Or Cocoa Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : COCOA FAMILY
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : MALVACEAE
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Theobroma cacao L.
  • Common name : Cocoa tree, Cocco, Cacao, Chocolate-nut tree
  • Vernacular name : Kokko (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Tree
  • Habitat : Cultivated
  • Comments / notes : Occasionally planted in plains. Plant yeilds cocoa which is commercially important
  • Key identification features : Small tree
  • Flower, Fruit : November-May
  • Distribution :
    • Kerala : All districts of Kerala
    • Maharashtra : Mumbai-City district, Mumbai Suburban district, Sindhudurg district
    • Tamil Nadu : Cultivated
  • Native : Tropical America
  • World Distribution : Cultivated in most tropical parts of the world
  • Literature : H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1994- Flora of Orissa Vol. 1; Matthew, K.M., Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI; Henry, Kumari & Chithra (1983). Flora of Tamil Nadu, India vol. 1.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Theobroma cacao. Downloaded on 11 July 2020.

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