Common name: Porpay, Red or Strawberry Guava, Cherry Guava
Psidium cattleyanum var. cattleyanum Sabine APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree to 10 m; branchlets glabrous or puberulous.
Leaves dark green, glossy; lamina broadly oblanceolate to obovate, 4–7 (-8) cm long, 2.5–4 (-4.5) cm broad, margins ciliolate, glabrescent, oil glands conspicuous below; lateral veins 6 or 7 on each side of midrib; apex rounded and very shortly acuminate; petiole 4–10 mm long.
Flowers usually solitary; pedicels 3–7 mm long. Hypanthium xx-yy mm long; sepals 3–4 mm long, glabrous, gland-dotted; petals obovate-elliptical, c. 5 mm long, white.
Fruit fleshy, ±globose, 2.5–3.5 cm long, purplish red (rarely yellow).
Flowering: Spring to early Summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Lord Howe Island. Recorded for NSW only at Newrybar (North Coast) but possibly more widespread.
Has potential as a serious weedy species; readily spread by birds and animals. Native of Brazil.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *LHI
Declared Noxious Weed
Common name: Strawberry Guava.
Text by Peter Wilson
Taxon concept: P.S. Green, Fl. Australia.
|The single variety in NSW. Characters and distribution as for the species in NSW.|
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