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Annona reticulata L.

 

Annona reticulata L.

Family

Annonaceae

Synonyms

None

Vernacular Names

Malaysia Nona, nona kapri, lonang.
English Custard apple, bullock's heart.
Indonesia Buah nona (Malay), kanowa (Java), serba rabsa (Aceh).
Philippines Sarikaya (Sulu).
Cambodia Mo bat, mean bat.
Laos Khan tua lot.
Thailand Noinang (Peninsular), noinong (Central), manong (North)
Vietnam Binh bat, qua na, mâng câu dai.
French Coeur de boeuf.

Geographical Distributions

Native of the West Indies, but early introduced, naturalised, and often cultivated, in most tropical regions, also in Southeast Asia.

Description

This is an erect tree, measures up to 10 m tall and 35 cm in diametre of the trunk.

The fruit is a pseudocarp, rather variable, spherical to heart-shaped, measuring 8-16 cm in diametre, yellow-brown and usually reticulated.

It is flesh cream-white with numerous seeds.

Ecology / Cultivation

A. reticulata needs a tropical climate, although it can survive light night frosts to -2(—3)°C. It is less drought-tolerant than the sugar apple and prefers a humid atmosphere.

Line Drawing / Photograph

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References

    1. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 2: Edible fruits and nuts.