Theobroma (family Sterculiaceae) A genus of understorey trees, all of restricted natural range, in which the flowers are cauliflorous and ramiflorous, and pentamerous. The fruit is a large drupe, the seeds numerous, and surrounded by pulp derived from the integuments. Cocoa comes from T. cacao. There are 20 species, occurring in the rain forests of western S. America.
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