State Medicinal Plants Board (SMPB) Kerala

Annona reticulata L.

  • Family: Annonaceae
  • Vernacular names: Aatha, Parankichakka, ആത്ത, പറങ്കിച്ചക്ക (Malayalam), Custard apple (English), Lavani (Sanskrit), Ramachita (Tamil)
  • Distribution: Native of Central America and West Indies
  • Description: Trees. Flowers greenish-white, bisexual, green, several from internodal cymes, rarely leaf opposed. Fruit an aggregate of berry, spherical or ovoid, yellowish-red; pulp yellowish; seeds black-brown.
  • Habit: Tree
  • Habitat: Cultivated and often naturalized
  • Flowering & Fruiting: May-August

  • Parts used: Fruit and bark
  • Properties & Uses: Unripe fruit and bark is used against diarrhea and dysentery. Infusion of peel of the fruit to treat stomach disorders. Bark applied to sprain and strain. Leaves used against worms and abscesses.
  • Systems of Medicines: Ayurveda, Folk, Unani,
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