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Plant Species of the genus Annona

Information about this genus
Name: Annona
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Requiring warm subtropical or tropical conditions, they also prefer shelter from strong winds. A sunny position with moist, well-drained, humus-rich soil is best. Flowering and fruiting can occur at any time and the plants should not be allowed to become too dry or the fruit quality will suffer. Propagate from seed or by grafting.
Description: Widespread in the tropics of Africa and America, this genus of some 100 species of evergreen or semi-deciduous shrubs and trees includes several fruiting plants that are important either commercially or locally. The best known of these are the cherimoya and the custard apple, which are widely cultivated. Most of the common species are 20?30?ft (6?9?m) tall with aromatic, simple, oblong leaves that have pronounced veins. The flowers are most unusual, having 6 thick fleshy petals and a central mass of densely packed stamens and pistils. These develop into a large fruit, technically known as a syncarp, that is really a cluster of smaller fruits fused together. These have a pulpy center and a sometimes spiny exterior.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Annona cherimola 10-11
Annona diversifolia 10?12
Annona glabra 10-12
Annona muricata 10-12
Annona reticulata 10?12
Annona squamosa 10-12

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