Annona squamosa L.
  • Sp. Pl.
  • Atta

This taxon is accepted by Annonaceae
Notes: More details could be found in The Plant List v.1.1. Originally in The Plant List v.1.0

General Information

Trees, deciduous, to 8 m tall. Bark thin. Branchlets pubescent, glabrescent. Petiole 4-15 mm; leaf blade elliptic-lanceolate, narrowly elliptic, or oblong, 5-17.5 × 2-7.5 cm, thinly papery to membranous, abaxially pale green and puberulent when young but glabrate in age, base obtuse to rounded and slightly decurrent, apex acute to obtuse, lateral veins 8-15 on each side of midvein, adaxially flat. Inflorescences 1-flowered or 2-4-fasciculate. Flowers 2-3 cm, puberulent. Sepals triangular. Outer petals basally green to purple, oblong-lanceolate, 1.5-3 × 0.5-0.8 cm, fleshy, thick, inside concave, keeled on apical half; inner petals absent or reduced to scales, as long as stamens. Stamens oblong, ca. 1 mm; connective broad, apex subtruncate. Carpels oblong, distinct at anthesis; stigmas ovate-lanceolate. Syncarp greenish yellow, slightly pruinose, spherical to ovoid, 5-10 cm in diam., areoles rounded, convex, separated by deep grooves; pulp white. Seeds black-brown, ca. 14 mm. Fl. May-Jul, fr. Jun-Nov.

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    Shrubs or trees , to ca. 8 m; trunks short, not buttressed at base. Principal leaves late deciduous; petiole 4-22 mm. Leaf blade narrowly elliptic to oblong or lanceolate, 5-17 × 2-5.5 cm, base broadly cuneate to rounded, apex acute to obtuse; surfaces glaucous, abaxially variably pubescent, adaxially glabrate. Inflorescences solitary flowers or fascicles; peduncle slender, to 2 cm, becoming enlarged in fruit. Flowers: sepals deltate, 1.5-2 mm, apex acute, surfaces abaxially pubescent or glabrous; outer petals pale green above purplish base, oblong or lance-oblong, 1.5-3 cm, base slightly concave, surfaces abaxially furrowed, pubescent, adaxially thickened, keeled; inner petals ovate, keeled, minute, nearly as long as stamens; stamens club-shaped, curved, 1-3 mm; connective dilated, flattened and truncate; pistils conically massed, separable at anthesis, later connate. Syncarp pendulous on thickened peduncle, greenish yellow, glaucous, mostly ±globose, 5-10 cm, muricate. Seed ellipsoid to obovoid, 1-1.4 cm.

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    Annona squamosa L., Sp. Pl. 537. 1753.

    Arbustos a árboles pequeños; ramas jóvenes blanco-tomentosas. Hojas elípticas a lanceolado-elípticas, 3.2–12.4 cm de largo y 1.7–4.8 cm de ancho, ápice obtuso a redondeado en su forma general, en el extremo siempre redondeado, base cuneada a raramente obtusa, membranáceas, escasamente blanco-velutinas y con el nervio principal ligeramente deprimido en la haz, blanco-velutinas en el envés, especialmente a lo largo de los nervios principales prominentemente elevados; pecíolos 0.4–1.2 cm de largo, tomentosos. Inflorescencias axilares, supraaxilares u opuestas a las hojas, de pocas flores o flores solitarias, pedicelos 1–2 cm de largo, tomentosos, con bractéolas en la base; sépalos triangulares, 0.1–0.2 cm de largo y 0.2 cm de ancho, ápice agudo, tomentosos en la parte externa; pétalos exteriores oblongos, 1.5–3 cm de largo y 0.3–0.4 cm de ancho, ápice obtuso, base cóncava en la parte interna, tomentulosos en la superficie externa, pétalos internos ausentes o rudimentarios; estambres 1.3 mm de largo, filamentos 0.3 mm de largo, conectivos prolongados en un apéndice lingüiforme; ovarios 0.8 mm de largo, estilos glabros, estigmas lanceoloides. Fruto ovoide a subgloboso, hasta 8 cm de largo y diámetro, glauco, los carpelos individuales evidentes como aréolas o protuberancias redondeadas y libres en sus ápices, separadas entre sí por surcos profundos.

    Poco común, cultivada en regiones bajas en la zona pacífica; 30–145 m; fr jul; Grijalva 2040, Guzmán 409; cultivada en los trópicos del mundo. "Anona".

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    Much branched shrub or small tree 3–6 m. tall.

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    Outer petals green, purple at the base, oblong, 1.6–2.5 cm. long, 6–7.5 mm. wide, keeled inside; inner petals reduced to minute scales or absent.

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    Fruits globose or conical, 5–10 cm. long and wide, formed of loosely cohering or almost free carpels, the rounded ends projecting to render the surface tuberculate; surface greenish-yellow with a powdery bloom; pulp white tinged yellow.

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    Leaf-blades oblong, elliptic-oblong, oblong-lanceolate or narrowly elliptic, 7–17 cm. long, 3–5.5 cm. wide, obtuse or subacute at the apex, rounded or cuneate at the base, glabrous above, slightly pubescent or glabrescent beneath; petiole 0.4–1 cm. long.

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    Seeds dark brown.

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    Distribution Map

    • Introduced distribution
    Introduced into
    • Southern America Brazil Amazonas

    Other Local Names

    Sweetsop, sugar-apple
    Fruta do condePortuguese

     Information From

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    Flora of North America @
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