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Common name

English: Sugar-apple, Sweetsop

German: Süßsack, Zimtapfel

Mandarin: 番荔枝 (fan li zhi)

Portuguese: Ateira, Fruta-pinha


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2167)

      Order: Magnoliales (18)

        Family: Annonacea (12)(family description)

          Genus: Annona (4)

            Epithet: squamosa L. (2)

Synonyms: Annona asiatica L., Annona cinerea Dunal, Annona forskahlii DC., Annona glabra L., Guanabanus squamosus (L.) M. Gómez, Xylopia glabra L., Xylopicron glabrum (L.) Crantz

asiatica => of Asiatic origin

cinerea => ashen-grey

forskahlii => in honor of Pehr Forsskål (1736–1768), Swedish botanist

glabra => without hair, smooth, bald, bare

glabrum => without hair, smooth, bald, bare

squamosa => beset with scales, or scale like

squamosus => beset with scales, or scale like


Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: tree

Flower colour: green, beige

External links

Check for Annona squamosa at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI


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