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Psidium cattleyanum Sabine var. cattleyanum Family Myrtaceae
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).


Herbarium
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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
AVH map***

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.

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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