Common name: Common Guava, Yellow Guava
Psidium guajava L. APNI*
Description: Shrub or tree to 6 m high with a fine tomentum on new growth and inflorescences; young stems 4-angled.
Leaves with lamina elliptic to oblong, 7–12 cm long, 4–6.5 cm wide, apex short-acuminate, base rounded, margins entire, glabrescent; lateral veins prominent; oil glands numerous; petiole 5–10 mm long.
Inflorescences 1–3-flowered; peduncle 10–20 mm long. Bud spindle-shaped with a constriction below the calyx, 10–15 mm long. Petals elliptic to obovate, 10–15 mm long, white. Stamens ± as long as the style, 6.5–9 mm long.
Berry pyriform to globose, 4–7 cm diam., yellow, crowned by calyx lobes.
Flowering: chiefly spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Widely cultivated in warmer districts for its edible fruit, sometimes naturalized; probably originated in trop. Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: P.S. Green (1994)
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