Wild Florida Photo - Asimina tetramera - Fourpetal Pawpaw

Asimina tetramera 

Fourpetal Pawpaw
Opossum Pawpaw

Florida native

Endemic to Florida

Endangered Florida species

U.S. Endangered species

Martin Co. FL 05/24/09
Martin Co. FL 05/24/09
Martin Co. FL 05/24/09
Martin Co. FL 05/24/09
Martin Co. FL 05/24/09

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A rare plant of scrub habitat in Martin and Palm Beach Counties.
Fourpetal pawpaw is a shrub from one to 3 meters (3-10 ft.) tall, easily the tallest of the pawpaws in the southern peninsula. Flowers appear in the upper leaf axils after the emergence of the current season's leaves. Despite the name, most plants will usually only have a few flowers with four sepals, with most having three or five. The sepals are triangular, green, and have lines of reddish hairs. The petals are maroon or white with maroon streaks. The fruit is a greenish-yellow berry to 9 cm (3-1/2 in.) long. Leaves are alternate, oblong to oblanceolate, 5-13 cm (2-5 in.) long with revolute margins, the lower surfaces pale green with raised veins.


Asimina tetramera is a member of the Annonaceae - Custard-apple family.

Other species of the Asimina genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  Asimina angustifolia - SLIMLEAF PAWPAW
  Asimina incana - WOOLLY PAWPAW
  Asimina manasota - MANASOTA PAWPAW
  Asimina obovata - BIGFLOWER PAWPAW
  Asimina parviflora - SMALLFLOWER PAWPAW
  Asimina pygmaea - DWARF PAWPAW
  Asimina reticulata - NETTED PAWPAW
  Asimina spatulata - LAKE JACKSON PAWPAW
  Asimina triloba - COMMON PAWPAW
  Asimina x nashii - 

Date record last modified: Aug 07, 2016

Paul Rebmann Nature Photography at pixels.com