SCIENTIFIC NAME: Asimina triloba
COMMON NAME(S): Pawpaw
FAMILY: ANNONACEAE - Custard apple family
ORIGIN: Eastern United States
HABITAT: Understory and margins of deciduous woods
CHARACTERISTICS: Bark thin, dark brown, smooth but often blotched gray and with small corky projections with age; young branches often covered with fine reddish hair when young
LEAVES: Alternate, simple, 7-12" long, 3-6" wide, broadest towards the sharp-pointed tip, covered with fine-textured, rust-colored hairs when young, unpleasently aromatic when crushed
FLOWERS: Green turning to purple, borne singly on 1-year-old wood, more or less bell-shaped, about 2" wide; stamens forming a "ball"
FLOWERING SEASON: Spring
FRUITS: Greenish-yellow, cylindrical, becoming soft and fleshy at maturity, up to 4" long
ALLERGENIC PRINCIPLES: Unknown
ALLERGENIC PROPERTIES: Dermatological
COMMENTS: The pawpaw fruit, though edible, has caused dermatis in some sensitive individuals.