Aberemoa dioica (A.St.-Hil.) Barb.Rodr.
Annona cuyabaensis Barb.Rodr.
Annona dioica is a small, often single-stemmed, shrub, growing 0.5 - 2 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
S. America - southern, central and eastern Brazil.
Savannah and Pantanal, found at elevations from 80 - 1,000 metres.
The leaves are considered antirheumatic[
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The fruits are an emollient and resolvent[
The seed of many species in this genus has a hard seedcoat and may benefit from scarification before sowing in order to speed up germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen - if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing[
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