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Tree Description: The Rollinia is a rapid growing medium sized tree. It reaches a height of around 5 metres (16 ft) and has a spread of about 4 to 5 metres (13-16 ft) across. The tree is an attractive cone shape. The leaves are light green in colour, obovate-oblong. The leaves are of a smooth texture with distinct veins at the back of the leaves like the rib bones of a fish (Fig. 6,9). The veins are a slight yellow green in colour. The leaves hang off long slender branches which look like large feathers. 

Scientific Name: Rollinia mucosa

Common Name:  biriba de Pernambuco, fruta da condessa, jaca de pobre, araticu, araticum, araticum pitaya

Family: Annonaceae 

Relatives: Sugar apple , cherimoya, soursop, custard apple, pond apple, ilama 

Origin: Brazil

Distribution/History: This species has an extensive natural range, from Peru and northern Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil and northward to Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia and southern Mexico; Trinidad, the Lesser Antilles including Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Vincent; and Puerto Rico and Hispaniola. It is much cultivated around Iquitos, Peru, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the fruits are marketed in abundance. It is the favorite fruit in western Amazonia. There are about 65 species in the previously accepted genus Rollinia (now rolled into Annona), but only a few produce edible fruit. 

Importance: The fruit, often described as having a caramel or lemon custard- pudding flavor, is usually eaten out of hand. It is often juiced in Brazil and sometimes blended with milk for a drink. The fruit is regarded as refrigerant, analeptic and antiscorbutic. The powdered seeds are said to be a remedy for enterocolitis.