Annona muricata L.

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Annona muricata

Photo: Mark Hyde
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Annona muricata

Photo: Mark Hyde
National Botanic Garden, Harare

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Synonyms: Annona bonplandiana Kunth
Annona cearensis Barb. Rodr.
Annona crassiflora Mart.
Annona macrocarpa Wercklé
Guanabanus muricatus M.Gómez
Guanabanus muricatus (L.) M.Gómez
Common names: Soursop (English)
Derivation of specific name: muricata: spiny, muricate, referring to the soft, spine-like protuberances on the skin of the fruit.
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Worldwide distribution: Native in Mexico, Cuba, Central America, the Caribbean, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, and Venezuela. Cultivated in Africa and Southeast Asia.
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Biegel, H.M. (1977). Check-list of ornamental plants used in Rhodesian parks and gardens. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal. Research Report No. 3. Page 23.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 114. (Includes a picture).

Robson, N.K.B. (1960). Annonaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Page 145.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Annona muricata
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Annona muricata

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Annona muricata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Annona muricata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Annona muricata
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Annona muricata
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iNaturalist: Annona muricata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Annona muricata
JSTOR Plant Science: Annona muricata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Annona muricata
Plants of the World Online: Annona muricata
Tropicos: Annona muricata
Wikipedia: Annona muricata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Annona muricata., retrieved 18 May 2024

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