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Sweetsop, Sugar Apple

Botanical Information

Botanical Information
Order Magnoliales
Family Annonaceae
Genus Annona
Common Name Sweetsop, Sugar Apple
Species A. squamosa

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Permaculture uses

Permaculture uses
Usage 1 Usage 2 Usage 3
Food_Forest Fruit

Growing condition comments

Growing Condition Comment
Drought Tolerant No
Humidity tolerant Yes
Planting area Ground
Sunlight Full_sun

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Grows in Townsville

General comments

A small branched shrub or small tree 3 metres to 8 metres tall similar to soursop.

Moderately drought-tolerant, requiring at least 700 mm of annual rainfall, and will not produce fruit well during droughts. A prolific bearer, and it will produce fruit in as little as two to three years. A five-year-old tree can produce as many as 50 sugar apples.

Natural pollinators include beetles (coleoptera) of the families Nitidulidae, Staphylinidae, Chrysomelidae, Curculionidae and Scarabeidae. In traditional Indian, Thai, and American medicine, the leaves are used in a decoction to treat dysentery and urinary tract infection.

In traditional Indian medicine, they are also crushed and applied to wounds.[13] In Mexico, the leaves are rubbed on floors and put in hens' nests to repel lice. The diterpenoid alkaloid atisine is the most abundant alkaloid in the root. Other constituents of Annona squamosa include the alkaloids oxophoebine, reticuline, isocorydine, and methylcorydaldine, and the flavonoid quercetin-3-O-glucoside.

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