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An individual instance of Asimina triloba (pawpaw)
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This small, shrubby tree is sandwiched between two diverging paths on the north side of Furman Hall.

Pawpaw is a distinctive tree in many ways.  It has unlobed leaves without teeth along the margin which are notable because of their large size and typical shape: widening toward the tip end.  The terminal buds are long and an unusual rusty brown color.  The bark is gray and unridged, but has a rough surface.

Pawpaw flowers appear in the early spring and are typical of "carrion" flowers that are pollinated by confused carrion flies: they smell bad and have a purple color.  Frequently they do not set fruit, apparently because they don't get enough pollen from other trees.  Fruit growers have found that they can reliably get fruit if they hang dead fish or road kill in their pawpaw patch to increase the number of pollinators. However, careful studies of pawpaw pollinators call into question whether the flowers actually attract specific pollinators. It may be that the swarms of flies incidentally pollinate the flowers when they land on the exposed stamens rather than being duped into thinking that the flowers are dead flesh.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 2-946.

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Asimina triloba

(L.) Dunal

sec. 1993

common name: pawpaw
family: Annonaceae
Identified 2002-05-07 by Steven J. Baskauf


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
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Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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whole tree (or vine) - general
bark - of a large tree
bark - of a medium tree or large branch
bark - of a medium tree or large branch
twig - orientation of petioles
twig - orientation of petioles
leaf - whole upper surface
leaf - whole upper surface
leaf - showing orientation on twig
leaf - showing orientation on twig
inflorescence - whole - unspecified
inflorescence - lateral view of flower
inflorescence - lateral view of flower
inflorescence - frontal view of flower
inflorescence - frontal view of flower
inflorescence - frontal view of flower
fruit - immature
fruit - immature
fruit - immature 1993 =

Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds., 1993. Flora of North America North of Mexico. Flora of North America Association, New York, NY, US and Oxford, UK.

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