Annona vepretorum is a small, evergreen tree growing 3 - 10 metres tall. The bole can be 30 - 40cm in diameter, often branching from low down[
A delicious fruit often gathered from the wild for local use. The plant has great commercial potential[
S. America - northeastern Brazil.
Found in the dry forests of northeastern Brazil, growing in well-drained soils in areas of denser tree growth[
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A plant of the 'Caatinga' dry forest region of northeast Brazil. The climate is hot and dry, there are usually 6 to 11 months without rain each year. The mean annual rainfall varies from 250 - 1,000mm, and the mean annual temperature is from 24 - 26°c.
Prefers a sunny position[
]. Prefers a light, well-drained soil[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
Plants are quite slow-growing[
Fruit - raw[
]. The gelatinous pulp has a pleasant, acid-sweet flavour[
].The fruit can be 10cm long, 6cm in diameter and weigh250 - 350g[
Heartwood and sapwood are not clearly differentiated. The wood is light in weight, of low resistance to insect attack[
]. Easily sawn, it is only used for low value items such as sawn boards and general packing containers[
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 individual containers in a lightly shaded position. Germination rates, even of scarified seeds, can be quite low, with the seeds sprouting within 80 - 120 days[
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