Annona montana (PROSEA)

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Annona montana Macfadyen

Family: Annonaceae


  • Annona marcgravii Mart.

Vernacular names

  • Mountain soursop (En)
  • Corosollier bâtard (Fr)
  • Guanabana cimarrona (Sp)
  • Philippines: ponhe.


Growing wild throughout the West Indies and southward into Peru and Brazil. It is occasionally cultivated, also in South-East Asia.


The fruit is inferior to that of soursop but is used in the same way. Occasionally it is used as an ornamental and as rootstock for other species.


  • Tree, resembling the soursop, but less susceptible to cold.
  • Leaves larger than those of soursop.
  • The fruit a smaller pseudocarp, ca. globose, up to 15 cm diameter, with short yellow prickles (not recurved); pulp is yellow, subacid to bitter, containing many light-brown seeds.

It grows up to 700 m altitude.

Selected sources

  • Fouqué, A., 1972-1974. Espèces fruitières d'Amérique tropicale. Fruits 27-29.
  • Mansfeld, R. & Schultze Motel, J., 1986. Verzeichnis landwirtschaftlicher und gärtnerischer Kuturpflanzen. 2nd ed. 4 Volumes. Springer Verlag, Berlin. 1998 pp.
  • Morton, J.F., 1987. Fruits of warm climates. Creative Resource Systems Inc., Winterville, N.C., USA. 503 pp.
  • Ochse, J.J., Soule, M.J., Dijkman, M.J. & Wehlburg, C., 1961. Tropical and subtropical agriculture. 2 Volumes. The Macmillan Company, New York. 1446 pp.