Persea americana

COMMON NAME

Avocado

TYPE

Tree

FAMILY

Lauraceae

NOTES

A multi-stemmed tropical evergreen tree, that typically matures to 30-60' tall, however grafted varieties generally grow shorter. Small greenish-yellow flowers bloom in panicles, followed by green-skinned, pear-shaped to rounded fruit. Each fruit has a very large central seed or pit surrounded by an edible fruity pulp. Mature fruits ripen off the tree, with the edible flesh turning yellow with a rich buttery consistency. Avocados are rich in vitamins and monounsaturated fat.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Mexico, Central America and South America

NATIVE HABITAT

Humid lowland forests on limestone formations

WEB SOURCES

missouribotanicalgarden.org

wikipedia.org

tropical.theferns.info



Persea americana