Commonly known as the "Rubiaceae chocolate plant" or "black tobacco," is a species of flowering plant native to the rainforests of Central and South America, including regions in Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru. This plant is part of the Rubiaceae family, which also includes coffee.
One of the notable features of Psychotria poeppigiana is its unique red and black fruits, which resemble cherries. These fruits are not only visually striking but are also known for their distinctive chocolate aroma. The plant has gained attention for its potential use in creating a chocolate-flavored beverage, although it's not widely cultivated for this purpose on a commercial scale. In its natural habitat, it plays a role in the ecology as a food source for various wildlife species.