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Pond apple is a native of tropical North, Central and South America and West Africa where it occurs in fresh and brackish swamplands. In 1912, pond apple was introduced to Australia as grafting stock for commercially grown custard apple.
In its native America, pond apple fruit has some commercial use. The wood and roots are very light, and are used as a substitute for cork floats.
Pond apple is a declared Class 2 pest plant under Queensland legislation and a Weed of National Significance (WONS).
|Scientific name||Annona glabra|
|Spread||Generally spread by water, seed can also be disseminated by feral pigs, wallabies, cassowaries and other fruit-eating animals.|
The best form of weed control is prevention. Treat weed infestations when they are small. Do not allow weeds to establish.
Steps for weed prevention:
Hand-pulling is effective.
Axe cut method:
'Drill and fill method':
|Biological control||There is no biological control agent available for pond apple.|