Small Flower Pawpaw
Asimina parviflora - (Michaux) Denal
Annonaceae (Pawpaw) Family
Dwarf Pawpaw flowers are solitary along the branch; bisexual in nature; symmetrical in form; bell-shaped; three sepals and six petals that are reddish-brown to purple-brown or purple-green in color; numerous stamens. The flowers are small (usually no more than 1/2 inch broad or slightly less than the size of a penny). Flowers occur in the early spring.
Of interest: In September, edible sweet fruits ripen that resemble small, fat bananas. Some people may develop a dermatitis after handling the fruit. The trees are easily grown from seeds. The seeds contain an alkaloid that may cause depression if eaten. A. triloba (the larger tree form) may reach heights of 30 feet or more and the flower is about 1 to 1-1/2 inches broad.
Photo courtesy Keith Carter, Mobile, AL.