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Annona vepretorum - Mart.

Common Name Araticum, Pinha da Caatinga, Araticum-da-bahia
Family Annonaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Found in the dry forests of northeastern Brazil, growing in well-drained soils in areas of denser tree growth[ 625 ],
Range S. America - northeastern Brazil.
Edibility Rating    (4 of 5)
Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care
Tender Well drained soil Full sun
Annona vepretorum Araticum, Pinha da Caatinga, Araticum-da-bahia


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Annona vepretorum Araticum, Pinha da Caatinga, Araticum-da-bahia

 

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Summary

Araticum-da-bahia. Annona vepretorum. A tree that is small, evergreen, and can reach up to 3 - 10 m tall when fully matured, Annona vepretorumis is cultivated for its delicious fruits. It is found in the dry forests in South America, particularly in north-eastern Brazil. It is a slow-growing plant that is drought-tolerant when fully established. The fruit is edible with a pleasant, acid-sweet tasting pulp. The wood is light in weight, and of low resistance to insect attack.


Physical Characteristics

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Annona vepretorum is an evergreen Tree growing to 6 m (19ft) by 6 m (19ft) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms

No synonyms are recorded for this name.

Habitats

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[ 625 ]. The gelatinous pulp has a pleasant, acid-sweet flavour [ 625 ]. The fruit can be 10cm long, 6cm in diameter and weigh250 - 350g [ 625 ].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Other uses rating: Low (2/5). Other Uses: Heartwood and sapwood are not clearly differentiated. The wood is light in weight, of low resistance to insect attack[ 625 ]. Easily sawn, it is only used for low value items such as sawn boards and general packing containers[ 625].

Cultivation details

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[ 625 ]. Prefers a light, well-drained soil[ 625 ]. Established plants are drought tolerant[ 625 ]. Plants are quite slow-growing[ 625 ].

Propagation

Seed - it has a very hard outer layer and germinates much more easily if scarified[ 625 ]. 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[ 625 ].

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Araticum-da-bahia. Annona vepretorum.

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

None Known

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.

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