Pond apple

Pond apple, Annona glabra, is a small, tropical tree found in wetland habitats that don’t experience fire. In the interior of swamps like the Fakahatchee Strand it serves as an excellent host for epiphytic orchids and bromeliads.

The pond apple is unrelated to the apple-pie apple and the fruit is not really edible, unlike several related plants in the genus Annona, such as custard apple, soursop, and sugar apple, which are delectable tropical treats.

Here in Florida we curse invasions of Australian plants like melaleuca and Australian pine. It turns out that our pond apple has returned the favor and is one of the most invasive non-native plants in Australian wetlands.

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