During the dry season, a very conspicuous plant which produces young leaves are the cacao trees. They are long, wide and very colorful. When the rains come they are already green ready for manufacturing its own food, and the young fruits are also ready to develop.
young shoots have pinkish colors turning light green during maturation
individual leaves are about 2 ft in length but shorten in mature growths
Flowers arise in all parts of stems and older branches. This type of flowering habit is scientifically called cauliflory.
two flowers in full bloom in above photo
Minute flies called midges, the size of a pin head, are the only insects that can pollinate cacao flowers! Their size distinctly fits the morphology of cacao flowers, and help them bear fruits. Now we know we should be grateful to the flies.
A young pod will mature in about 6 months, these pods are full of seeds eventually made into chocolates.
Now, can you visualize the chocolate?