Annona cornifolia is a small tree usually growing 2 - 3 metres tall, though specimens less than 30cm tall have been recorded[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its edible fruit[
S. America - central and eastern Brazil, Bolivia.
Trees can tolerate occasional, short-lived frosts with temperatures down to about -2°c[
Succeeds in full sun and in dappled shade[
]. Prefers a well-drained soil[
The tree can commence fruiting within 4 - 5 years from seed[
Fruit - raw[
]. A sweetish pulp[
]. The orange-red fruit is about 2 - 3cm in diameter[
The flesh of the fruit is applied to sloughing ulcers[
Seed - it is extremely slow to germinate, averaging 3 - 18 months germination time[
The seed has 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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