Theobroma is a genus of about 20 species in the family Sterculiaceae or sometimes classified as Malvaceae. They are small understory trees native to the tropical forests of Central and South America. The scientific name translates to "food of the gods".
Theobroma species are used as food plants by the larvae of some moths of the genus Endoclita including E. chalybeatus, E. damor, E. hosei and E. sericeus. The larva of another moth, Hypercompe muzina, feeds exclusively on Theobroma cacao.
Effect of cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) biofertilization in nursery with Azospirillum brasilense Tarrand, Krieg et Dobereiner and Glomus intraradices Schenk et Smith/ Efecto de la biofertilizacion en vivero del cacao (Theobroma cacao L) con Azospirillum brasilense Tarrand, Krieg et Dobereiner y Glomus intraradices Schenk et Smith/ Efeito da biofertilizacao em viveiro de cacau (Theobroma cacao L)....(REPORTS/ COMUNICACIONES/ COMUNICACOES)
Aug 01, 2007; SUMMARY theobroma cacao L. originated in America and has been associated with the development of various Indian cultures...