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Annona neosalicifolia "Araticu-una"

Annona neosalicifolia "Araticu-una"

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Annona neosalicifolia "Araticu-una" Seeds

Annona neosalicifolia, also known as "araticu-una" in the Tupi language, derives its name from its araticu, meaning soft-dough fruit texture, and una, meaning black.

Annona neosalicifolia typically reaches a height of 6 to 8 meters and features a brown trunk with whitish spots, measuring around 30 to 40 cm in diameter. Notably, the tree's new branches grow in a distinctive zigzag pattern. The leaves are one main leaf - not compoundsimple, exhibiting a yellowish-colored stalk that joins a leaf to a stempetiole or short stem, measuring approximately 0.8 to 1.7 cm in length. With a narrow oval shape tapering to a pointlanceolate shape, cuneate base (wedge-shaped), and acuminate or tapered the highest point or vertex of a plant stemapex, the leaf blade spans 5 to 12 cm in length and 1.5 to 2.9 cm in width. A key characteristic for identifying this species lies in its hairless (glabrous) and narrow from base to the highest point or vertex of a plant stemapex (widest near the middleelliptical) leaves.

The cream-colored flowers of Annona neosalicifolia are originating from the axilaxillary and helix-shaped, comprising three petals with glandular structures that secrete nectarnectaries situated at their base. As for the fruits, they are made of multiple carpels - sectionedsyncarpous, indicating a union of several segments, with or without seeds. The fruit's surface showcases a bordered bark adorned with salient punctuations. These yellow fruits, marked with black spots, can reach lengths of up to 7 cm and widths of up to 5 cm.

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