Sterculiaceae (Malvaceae), Sterculia africana, Qawureta (Konsogna) – Kenya

  Below are some photos I just took of Sterculia africana (Syn. Triphaea africana), also known as Qawureta (Konsogna), Mopopaja tree, and African Star Chestnut. The Sterculiaceae (Malvaceae, Bombacaceae) family is […]

Sterculiaceae, Cola acuminata, Cola nut – Gabon, Central West Africa

I found this large Cola tree in a small neighborhood/village at the edge of Libreville. I’m pretty sure it’s C. acuminata. Here is a previous entry on Cola nitida, which […]

Sterculiaceae, Theobroma cacao, chocolate, cacao – Panama

There’s a lot that can be said about this species. Some of the latin synonyms are: Cacao guianensis Aubl., Cacao minus Gaertn., Cacao sativa Aubl., Theobroma caribaea Sweet, Theobroma interregima Stokes, […]

Sterculiaceae, Cola nitida, Kola

The seeds, or nuts, of Cola have been chewed since ancient times in West Africa for their stimulant properties. C. acuminata is indigenous to Congo, Nigeria, and Gabon, while C. […]

Medicinal and Ritualistic Uses of Cacao in Mesoamerica

Here’s a recent, relatively brief but interesting and thorough article on the Medicinal and Ritualistic Uses of Chocolate in Mesoamerica. For a more in-depth read on the subject, I’ll recommend […]