Annona haematantha

Annona haematantha is a species of plant in the family Annonaceae. It is native to Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana and Suriname.[2] Friedrich Anton Wilhelm Miquel, the Dutch botanist who first formally described the species, named it after its blood-red flowers (Latinized forms of Greek αἱμάτῐνος, haimátinos and ἄνθος, ánthos).[3][4]

Annona haematantha
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Magnoliids
Order: Magnoliales
Family: Annonaceae
Genus: Annona
A. haematantha
Binomial name
Annona haematantha


It is a woody vine reaching 5 centimeters in diameter. It has climbing habit that becomes horizontal as it reaches the forest canopy. Its membranous, elliptical leaves are 12-15 by 5-7 centimeters and come to a tapering point at their tip. Its leaves have 10-12 pairs of secondary veins emanating from their midribs. Its petioles are 5-6 millimeters and covered in rust-colored hairs. Its inflorescences have a solitary flower on a 10 millimeter long pedicel that is 1 millimeters in diameter. It has oval to triangular sepals that are 2-3 millimeters long and covered in dense brown hair. Its 6 petals are arranged in two rows of 3. The outer petals are fused to form a tube 5-10 millimeters long by 10 millimeters in diameter, with oval to triangular lobes that are 10-20 by 10-15 millimeters. The outer petals are yellow to red outside and deep red inside. The inner petals are fused to form a 7 millimeter long tube with 2 millimeter long triangular lobes.[4][5][6]

Reproductive biologyEdit

The pollen of A. haematantha is shed as permanent tetrads.[7]

Distribution and habitatEdit

It grows in forests and swamp-forests in sandy soil. It flowers in January.[6]


Bioactive compounds extracted from the roots have been reported to have antileishmanial properties.[8]


  1. ^ Verspagen, N.; Erkens, R.H.J. (2021). "Annona haematantha". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2021: e.T142424819A142424826. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-1.RLTS.T142424819A142424826.en. Retrieved 20 June 2022.
  2. ^ "Annona haematantha Miq". Plants of the World Online. The Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. n.d. Retrieved January 2, 2019..
  3. ^ Stearn, William (2004). Botanical Latin. Portland, Ore. Newton Abbot: Timber Press David & Charles. ISBN 9780881926279.
  4. ^ a b Miquel, Friedrich Anton (1849). "Symbolae ad Flora Surinamensem". Linnaea (in German and Latin). 22: 465–476.
  5. ^ Sandwith, N. Y. (1930). "Contributions to the Flora of Tropical America: III. Annonaceae Collected by the Oxford University Expedition to British Guiana, 1929". Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information (Royal Gardens, Kew). 1930 (10): 466. doi:10.2307/4111522. ISSN 0366-4457.
  6. ^ a b Maas, Paul J.M.; Maas, Hiltje; Miralha, J.M.S. (1935). "Flora da Reserva Ducke, Amazonas, Brasil: Annonaceae" [Flora of the Ducke Reserve, Amazonas, Brazil: Annonaceae]. Rodriguésia: Revista do Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro. 58: 624.
  7. ^ Walker, James W. (1971). "Pollen Morphology, Phytogeography, and Phylogeny of the Annonaceae". Contributions from the Gray Herbarium of Harvard University. 202: 1–130. JSTOR 41764703.
  8. ^ Waechter, Anne; Ferreira, Maria; Fournet, Alain; de Arias, Antonieta; Nakayama, Hector; Torres, Susana; Hocquemiller, Reynald; Cavé, André (2007). "Experimental Treatment of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis with Argentilactone Isolated fromAnnona haematantha". Planta Medica. 63 (05): 433–435. doi:10.1055/s-2006-957728. ISSN 0032-0943.

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