Annona muricata L.

Sub-Family: Not available
English Name: Sour Sop
Synonym: Annona macrocarpa Werckl
Common Name: Cancer chakka
Flowering & Fruiting Period: April - October
Distribution: Native of Central America and West Indies, introduced elsewhere
Habitat: Cultivated
Uses: Fruits edible, anti-cancerous. Extraction from leaves is lethal to head lice and bedbugs. When grinded, the seeds are effective pesticides against head lice. The juice of the fruit is said to be able to increase the amount of urine, and treat urethritis and haematuria. Immature fruits are grinded and decocted as a treat for dysentery.
Key Characteristics: Trees, to 10 m high, bark pale brown; young twigs glabrescent. Leaves simple, alternate; lamina elliptic, oblong, margin entire. Flowers yellowish-green. Sepals 3, triangular, persistent. Petals 6(3+3) ovate-acute, yellow; stamens many, filaments broad at base, with capitate top of the connective; ovary superior. Fruit ovoid to obovoid, green, covered with curved spines; seeds many, reddish-brown.