This name is not universally accepted. We are following the treatment in the online Flora do Brasil 2012, but some other treatments accept the genus Rollinia, in which case the correct name for this species would be Rollinia leptopetala R.E.Fr.[
Rollinia leptopetala R.E.Fr.
Rolliniopsis discreta Saff.
Rolliniopsis leptopetala (R.E.Fr.) Saff.
Annona leptopetala is an evergreen shrub or small tree with a light, irregular crown; it can grow 3 - 8 metres tall. The short, crooked bole can be 15 - 25cm in diameter[
The edible fruit is sometimes gathered from the wild for local consumption. The tree is occasionally cultivated for its edible fruit[
S. America - northeastern Brazil.
Open, dry forest formations and savannah[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Requires a sunny position[
]. Prefers a well-drained soil[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
Young plants grow away quickly[
Fruit - raw[
]. The small, yellowish fruit is about 10mm long, with a thin, sweetish pulp surrounding a single seed[
The wood is coarse-textured, straight-grained, light in weight, very susceptible to wood eating organisms[
]. Easy to cut but, because of its small dimensions, is used only for fuel and to make charcoal[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. Germination rates are usually low, with the seeds sprouting within 70 - 90 days[
Many species in this genus have a hard seedcoat and may benefit from scarification before sowing 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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