Status of pond apple in Tasmania(Annona glabra)
- Pond apple is a declared weed in Tasmania under the Tasmanian Weed Management Act 1999. The importation, sale and distribution of pond apple are prohibited in Tasmania.
- Pond apple is also a Weed of National Significance (WONS).
What does pond apple look like?
apple is a semi deciduous woody tree, generally 3 to 6 m tall, but
growing to 15 m. Several stems may grow and fuse together giving the
appearance of a single trunk. The leaves are paler underneath, alternate
up the stem, and have a prominent mid-rib. The flowers are creamy white
to light yellow.
- The fruit is edible, similar to a custard apple, mango-shaped, and contains 140 pumpkin-like seeds.
- Spread is via seed. Seed is spread in water and by animals eating the fruits and dispersing the seed.
Impacts of pond apple
- Pond apple is a serious environmental weed in tropical wetlands and rainforests.
Where does pond apple occur
- Pond apple
is a native of North, Central and South America and West Africa. In
Australia, pond apple has naturalised in Queensland.
- Pond apple does not occur in Tasmania.
What you need to do
- If you locate pond
apple anywhere in Tasmania, or if you find a plant that you think could
be pond apple, immediately contact your Regional Weed Management Officer
on 1300 368 550 to report this weed.
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