A cacao/chocolate relative bearing yellow, lobed pods filled with white flesh and large seeds. The flesh is said to be edible and seeds are said to be used like chocolate.
Small understory rainforest tree, usually to 15-20ft. Leaves are long, up to and over one foot. Flowers and fruits are borne directly from the trunk.
Hardiness is unknown, at least 50F but probably lower. Sunset Zones: 24, H1, H2 USDA: 11+
Growing conditions are not well studied, but the tree seems to enjoy a tropical climate, with high humidity and temperatures no lower than 50F. It does well in shady or part-shade locations. Provide consistent water throughout the year.
The fruits can be used much like cacao fruits. The tree is a slender ornamental, with pretty, long leaves, profuse small flowers in season and striking fruits that linger on the trunk for many weeks.
Native to the Amazon jungle region of South America.
|Ansiodontea x hypomandarum
Mexican Hand Tree
Roselle - Hibiscus sabdariffa