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Annona scleroderma

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Annona scleroderma, the cawesh or poshe-te, is a species of tree in the Annonaceae family, with an edible fruit the size of an orange.[2] The cream-colored flesh of the fruit has a creamy banana-pineapple flavor, and a soft texture. The fruit's tough skin makes it particularly easy to handle. The fruit is little known outside its native region.[3] It reaches 15 to 20 meters tall. Its pollen is shed as permanent tetrads.[4]

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

Annona liebmanniana[1]

Its native range is the Atlantic coast of Central America, from Mexico and Guatemala to Honduras. It is not widely cultivated (except in certain parts of Guatemala). A tree grown from seed takes about four years until it produces any fruit.[5]


  1. ^ "Annona scleroderma". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Cawesh". Informed Farmers. May 3, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-24.
  3. ^ "Annona scleroderma". TopTropicals plant catalog. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  4. ^ Walker JW (1971) Pollen Morphology, Phytogeography, and Phylogeny of the Annonaceae. Contributions from the Gray Herbarium of Harvard University, 202: 1-130.
  5. ^ "Annona scleroderma, Ecocrop". Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN.