Annona cherimola Mill., Gard. Dict. ed. 8 5 1768. (syn: Annona acutifolia Saff. ex R.E.Fr.; Annona cherimola var. loxensis Linden; Annona odorata Linden; Annona pubescens Salisb.; Annona tripetala Aiton);
Trees about 5-8 m tall. Bark dark brown, fissured and fibrous, branchlets fulvous tomentose. Leaves simple, alternate, ovate, ovate-lanceolate to oblanceolate, 10-20 x 3-8 cm across, base obtuse or rounded, margin entire, apex obtusely acute, coriaceous, dark green, subglabrous above, paler whitish velvety pubescent beneath, lateral veins 9-16 on either side of the midrib, almost parallel, impressed above, prominent on the veins and midrib beneath, reticulate veinlets fine and close, petiole pubescent, about 0.5-1.5 cm long. Inflorescence very short raceme consisting of 1-3 flowers, leaf opposed or extra axillary. Flowers bisexual, subcapitate, about 2.5-3 cm across, pedicels slender, tomentose, about 1-1.5 mm long. Sepals 3, ovate, apex acute or connate into a 3 angled shallow cup, brown tomentose outside and glabrous inside, about 2-3 x 5 mm long. Petals 6, subequal, ovate, apex obtuse, tomentose, purple spots near the base, reddish or greenish yellow outside, glabrous inside, about 1.5 x 3 cm across, inner petals if present minute, squamose, triangular or ovate, keeled outwards, reddish or purple. Stamens many, about 1.5 mm long, with straight hairs. Carpels numerous linear oblong, with straight hairs, about 1.5 mm long, stigma sessile, spathulate. Ripe carpels, broadly subglobose or ovoid in fruit, slightly arolate with white pulp, about 10-20 cm in diameter, puberulous, stalk stout, about about 2 cm long, Seeds many, dark brown or blackish, oval-oblong, slightly flattened.
Cultivated in horticultural gardens, Native of South America.
Local Distribution: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu. Global Distribution: Asia: China, India; Europe; North America; South America.
(Attributions- Ganeshaiah, K. N., UAS, Bangalore, India. Kailash, B. R., UAS & ATREE, Bangalore, India. Indian Bioresource Information Network (IBIN), Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi, India from India Biodiversity Portal)
Tree for id from Nauni :: NS March 2020-04 : 10 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (7)
This was found in cultivation, in Nauni, Himachal Pradesh.
Please suggest the specific id of this Annona, if possible with these pics, as fruits were not seen
Annona squamosa L. ??
Thanks, …, for the id.
Leaves appears to be broader. It may be due to some better cultivar for production etc. and due to being a young plant.
Not Annona squamosus. This plant is different.
Leaves are quite different in A.squamosus. I will post the pictures shortly
Flowers match well with Annona squamosa and leaves are also the closest to this species.
As it was cultivated at Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, it be some cultivar with slightly broader leaves.
Pl. check leaves at Annona squamosa
Thanks … As per your clarification it is A.squamous. I accept. As you rightly said it could be a cultivar with broad leaves developed by the University.
The leaves confused me as such broad leaved trees of A.squamosa are not seen here. In fact we have these trees in our street.
It is Annona cherimola; native of South America; cultivated sporadically in India recently