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Pawpaw

Annonaceae Asimina triloba Dunal.

A. obovata, syn. A. grandiflora Dunal.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

pawpaw
(photograph by Neal Peterson)

These two American species are not grown commercially for their fruits, but some quantities of the fruit may be harvested from native trees. A. triloba occurs from the Mississippi Valley east to the Atlantic and from the Great Lakes southward. It is a small tree, occasionally to 40 feet. A. obovata is a shrub, up to 6 feet, native in South Georgia and Florida. Both of these papaws have fruits 2 to 6 inches long, half as wide, generally oval in shape, dark brown when mature. Up to several large seeds are surrounded by a soft pulp that is strongly aromatic, esteemed by some, but objectionable to others.


Last update February 18, 1999 by ch