Psidium guajava L.

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Psidium guajava

Photo: Bart Wursten
Aberfoyle Country Club, Honde Valley.

Psidium guajava

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Nyabamba Bridge, Chimanimani District

Psidium guajava

Photo: Petra Ballings
Gardiner, Arcturus

Psidium guajava

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road from Swynnerton Memorial to main road, Chirinda Forest

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Common names: Guava (English)
Description: Evergreen or semi-deciduous small tree with distinctive flaking yellow and light brown bark.
Notes: Well-known fruit tree introduced from S America and now naturalised in many parts of southern Africa.
Derivation of specific name: guajava: South American spanish name for the Guava
Flowering time:Sep - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Native of tropical America; naturalised elsewhere
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Insects (whose larvae eat this species): Holocerina smilax (Variable Prince)
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Image last updated: Saturday 19 August 2006

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 264.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 220.

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Flora of Zambia: Psidium guajava
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Psidium guajava
Flora of Zimbabwe: Psidium guajava

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African Plant Database: Psidium guajava
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Psidium guajava
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Psidium guajava
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Psidium guajava
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Psidium guajava
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Psidium guajava
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Psidium guajava
Ispot Southern Africa : Psidium guajava
JSTOR Plant Science: Psidium guajava
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Psidium guajava
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Psidium guajava
Tropicos: Psidium guajava
West African Plants database: Psidium guajava

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Psidium guajava., retrieved 26 May 2016

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