Psidium guajava L.

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Psidium guajava

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along dambo trail near Luwawa Forest Lodge

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Common names: Guava (English)
Status: Cultivated and naturalised
Evergreen or semi-deciduous small tree with distinctive flaking yellow and light brown bark.
Notes: Well-known fruit tree introduced from South America and now naturalized in many parts of southern Africa.
Derivation of specific name: guajava: South American spanish name for the Guava
Habitat: An often highly invasive alien in riverine vegetation, roadsides and secondary evergreen forest margins.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Native of tropical America; naturalised elsewhere
Malawi distribution: N,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Holocerina smilax (Larval food plant)
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Content last updated: Friday 11 October 2019

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 693. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 46.

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

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 64.

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.

White, F. (1978). Myrtaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 185 - 186.

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Flora of Caprivi: Psidium guajava
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Psidium guajava
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Psidium guajava
Flora of Mozambique: Psidium guajava
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Psidium guajava
Flora of Zambia: Psidium guajava
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Psidium guajava
Flora of Zimbabwe: Psidium guajava
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Psidium guajava

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Psidium guajava
African Plant Database: Psidium guajava
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Psidium guajava
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Psidium guajava
JSTOR Plant Science: Psidium guajava
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Psidium guajava
Plants of the World Online: Psidium guajava
Tropicos: Psidium guajava
Wikipedia: Psidium guajava

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Psidium guajava., retrieved 22 July 2024

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