L., Sp. Pl. 537. 1753
Pond apple, Anón de puerco, Anón
Glabrous tree, to 10 m tall, usually to about 6 m and 15 (25) cm dbh; trunk swollen below water level. Petioles canaliculate, brownish above, 1-2 cm long; blades ovate-elliptic to oblong-elliptic, acute at apex, rounded and ± decurrent at base, 5-16 cm long, 3-8 cm wide. Flowers solitary, supra-axillary (rarely opposite leaves); pedicels 1.5-3 cm long; sepals 3, short, minutely apiculate; petals valvate, thick, ovate, white, the outer 3 larger, red inside at base and often spotted with red, to 3 cm long, the inner 3 somewhat shorter, often red nearly all over the inside; stamens numerous, 3-4 mm long, the connective thickened, papillose; stigmas many, ca 1 mm long. Fruits fleshy aggregates, ovoid, rounded at apex, to 15 cm long and 9 cm wide, green, densely speckled, glabrous; seeds numerous, 1 per carpel. Croat 5019, 7791.
Frequent in and restricted to shoreline marshes, chiefly on the south and west sides of the island, often in association with Acrostichum (10. Polypodiaceae). Flowers mainly in the dry season (February to June). The fruits are probably mature from December to May, but hang on the tree all year.
Mexico to Ecuador and Brazil; West Indies, western Africa. In Panama, known from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone, Bocas del Toro, San Blas, Panama, and Darién and from tropical wet forest in Colon.
See Fig. 234 and fig. on p. 12.