Q. With reference to the ‘Bullock Heart Tree’ consider the following statements:
1.It is a small deciduous tree in the plant family Annonaceae.
2.It is known for its fruit called custard apple.
3.The tree is devoid of any medicinal benefits.
Which of the statements given above are correct?

[A] 1 and 2 only

[B] 2 and 3 only

[C] 1 and 3 only

[D] 1, 2 and 3

Answer: A

Explanation –

Statement 1 and 2 are correct. Bullock Heart Tree is a small deciduous or semi-evergreen tree in the plant family Annonaceae and part of the Annonas group. It is known for its fruit called custard apple.

Statement 3 is incorrect. Bullock heart tree’s extracts have traditionally been used to cure conditions including dysentery and pediculosis (louse infestation). Extracts from its leaves may also be useful against three destructive pests — Pod borer, green peach aphid and fall armyworm — with a mortality rate of 78-88%. All these pests are known for incurring crop losses to farmers.

Source: ForumIAS