Lexarza funebris La Llave
Myrodia funebris (La Llave) Benth.
Myrodia guatemalteca Donn. Sm.
Quararibea fieldii Millsp.
Quararibea gentlei Lundell
Quararibea guatemalteca (Donn. Sm.) Standl. & Steyerm.
Rosita de cacao is a tree with a broad, dense crown; it can grow up to 25 metres tall. The bole, which is smooth and slightly fluted, is up to 30cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a spice, medicine and source of an essential oil and wood. The plant also has ornamental value[
Central America - Costa Rica to Mexico.
Moist to wet primary lowland and highland forest, at elevations up to 1,600 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
The tree appears to be somewhat hardy and able to survive brief periods of temperatures around freezing[
Succeeds in sun or shade[
It takes 5 - 6 years for seedling trees to commence flowering[
leaves smell strongly and pleasantly of maple syrup after they are pressed and dried[
The dried, very spicy, flowers are a component in a cocoa like drink, which is called 'tejate' or 'pozonque', a thick, frothy, aromatic beverage made with chocolate, finely ground maize meal and water[
]. The dried flowers are rather suggestive of fenugreek in aroma[
The flowers and fruits are used in local medicine to control fevers and to alleviate menstruation pains[
A perfume is made from the essential oil in the flowers[
The tree provides a good quality wood[
]. The wood is chalky white or slightly yellowish, not highly lustrous, subject to blue-stain; sapwood not clearly defined; rather hard and heavy, straight-grained, medium-textured; tough and strong, easy to work, takes a smooth finish, is not durable when exposed[
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