Annona neosalicifolia is a deciduous tree with a dense, round crown; it can grow 10 - 20 metres tall. The tree branches from fairly low down[
The edible fruit is valued by the local population and is often gathered from the wild. The tree is sometimes cultivated for its fruit in areas within its native range[
S. America - central and southern Brazil.
Found in a range of habitats, in open places and in forests[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Prefers a sunny position[
Fruit - raw[625. A sweet taste, but the gelatinous pulp is not easily removed from the seeds[
]. The yellow fruit can be 6cm long and 5cm in diameter[
A natural pioneer species in its native range[
The wood is light in weight and of low resistance to insect attacks[
]. It is used only for making lightweight boxes[
The wood is of low thermal energy and is not valued as a fuel[
Seed - it has a very hard outer layer and germinates much more easily if scarified[
]. 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. Sow the seeds in a nursery seedbed or in individual containers in a lightly shaded position. Germination rates of scarified seeds can above 60%, with the seeds sprouting within 35 - 45 days[
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