Taxon Details: Psidium guajava L.
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Family:

Myrtaceae (Magnoliophyta)
Scientific Name:

Psidium guajava L.
Primary Citation:

Sp. Pl. 470. 1753
Accepted Name:

This name is currently accepted.
Common Names:

abas, common guava, goyavier, guabang, guayaba, guava, kuahpa
Description:

Author: Maria Lúcia Kawasaki

Description: Shrubs or small trees to 6 m tall. Bark smooth, greenish-brown. Stems 4-angled. Leaves: petioles 3-8 mm long; blades elliptic to narrowly elliptic, 7-15 × 3-7 cm, drying brownish-green, paler below, chartaceous to coriaceous, pubescent to glabrous, densely pellucid-punctate especially below, the base obtuse to subcordate, the apex obtuse to acuminate; midvein impressed on the upper surface; lateral veins 12-20 pairs, impressed above, salient below, straight and parallel, arching at the margin, not forming a distinct marginal vein. Inflorescences axillary, dichasia with 3 flowers or flowers solitary; peduncles 1-4 cm long, appressed-pubescent to glabrous; bracteoles linear, 2-5 mm long. Flowers: buds fusiform, constricted in the middle, 10-15 mm long, the apex apiculate; hypanthium appressed-pubescent; calyx lobes fused in bud, tearing irregularly at anthesis into 3-5 segments, appressed-puberulous; petals ca. 15 mm long, puberulous; stamens to 15 mm long; style to 15 mm long. Fruits subglobose to pyriform, 2-6 cm long, glabrous; seeds ca. 3 mm long.

Common names: Goiaba, guava, guava tree, guayava, guayavo.

Distribution: Native to the Neotropics but widely cultivated throughout the tropics.

Ecology: Cultivated and naturalized in disturbed vegetation.

Phenology: Fr in Aug and Mar.

Pollination: No observations recorded.

Dispersal: The fruits are eaten by animals and the seeds are most likely dispersed by them. Bats, for example, have been reported as dispersers of this species (Lobova et al., in press).

Taxonomic notes: Psidium guajava differs from P. guineense Sw. by having more than 10 vs. less than 10 pairs of lateral veins. The description of this species was prepared for the Plants and Lichens of Saba project and applies most accurately to the species as it occurs on this island.

Uses: Cultivated for the edible fruit.

Etymology: The epithet most likely refers to a common name of the species.

Flora and Monograph Treatment(s):

Psidium guajava L.: [Article] Maguire, Bassett. 1969. The botany of the Guayana Highland-part VIII. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 18: 1-290.
Psidium guajava L.: [Article] Popenoe, Wilson. 1924. Economic fruit-bearing plants of Ecuador. Contr. U. S. Natl. Herb. 24: i-ix, 101-134. pl. 34-49.
Psidium guajava L.: [Manuscript] Britton, Nathaniel L. Flora Borinqueña.
Psidium guajava L.: [Article] Acevedo-Rodríguez, Pedro & collaborators. 1996. Flora of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 78: 1-581.
Psidium guajava L.: [Book] Britton, Nathaniel L. & Millspaugh, Charles F. 1920. The Bahama Flora.
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J. B. Walker 1115, United States of America
A. L. Ososki 156, Dominican Republic
H. T. Beck 1816, Ecuador
A. H. Curtiss 191, Bahamas
N. D. L. 2537, Bahamas
J. A. Shafer 2453, Puerto Rico
F. S. Axelrod 4880, Puerto Rico
A. A. Heller 970, Puerto Rico
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L. M. Underwood 72, Puerto Rico
C. E. O. Kuntze 389, Puerto Rico
E. L. Little Jr. 13109, Puerto Rico
A. Rodríguez 84, Puerto Rico
M. Del Llano s.n., Puerto Rico
S. Tiwari 361, Guyana
J. Bee 22, Federated States of Micronesia
T. A. Zanoni 26687, Dominican Republic
A. B. Anderson 1067, Brazil
S. Tiwari 688, Guyana
F. I. X. Rugel 353, Cuba
F. I. X. Rugel 264, Cuba
E. L. Little Jr. 23782, Virgin Islands (U.K.)
T. A. Zanoni 30134, Dominican Republic
A. E. Ricksecker 74, Virgin Islands (U.S.)
T. A. Zanoni 26687, Dominican Republic
R. A. Howard 19056, Montserrat
J. A. Shafer 43, Montserrat
D. Joseph B.68, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
A. J. A. Fredholm 3001, Jamaica
F. E. Lloyd 37, Dominica
A. E. Wight 140, Jamaica
N. L. Britton 743, Saint Kitts and Nevis
T. A. Zanoni 12908, Dominican Republic
T. A. Zanoni 32897, Dominican Republic
L. M. Andrews 3-25, Trinidad and Tobago
J. A. Shafer 91, Cuba
Fr. León 4611, Cuba
J. A. Shafer 1423, Cuba
O. E. Jennings 38, Cuba
T. A. Zanoni 38919, Dominican Republic
R. Combs 1, Cuba
R. A. Howard 4833, Cuba
E. L. Ekman H13037, Dominican Republic
E. L. Ekman 16419, Cuba
W. Kings G.C.385, Cayman Islands
A. A. Taylor 148, Cuba
T. A. Zanoni 27227, Dominican Republic
A. Duss 2992, Guadeloupe
A. Questel 351, Saint Barthélemy
H. F. A. von Eggers 5583a, Trinidad and Tobago
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N. Tangalin 1257, Federated States of Micronesia
B. Ekiek 42, Federated States of Micronesia
S. B. Barbosa 141, Brazil
I. Vandebroek R-IV-53, United States of America
J. P. Souza-Alves 649, Brazil
M. J. F. Barros 33, Brazil
C. Angeli 546, Brazil
L. M. M. Carreira 959, Brazil
S. A. Mori 25625, Peru
M. Melnyk 97, Venezuela
R. Aguilar 6567, Costa Rica
N. Maldonado Vásquez 86, Mexico
E. M. Zardini 18618, Paraguay
M. T. Cook s.n., Puerto Rico
Y. E. J. Mexia 5291, Brazil
G. T. Prance 59654, Brazil
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B. M. Boom 2552, Ecuador
B. M. Boom 6883, Puerto Rico
B. M. Boom 6739, Puerto Rico
B. M. Boom 6948, Puerto Rico
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A. L. Ososki 107, United States of America
B. A. Krukoff 1086, Brazil
J. A. Ratter R5959, Brazil
F. E. Drouet 2375, Brazil
W. R. Anderson 7338, Brazil
T. B. Croat 85468, Brazil
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W. L. Balée 903, Brazil
J. J. Pipoly 9096, Guyana
J. C. Solomon 5720, Puerto Rico
W. R. Anderson 9870, Brazil
M. Rios 351, Ecuador
P. Kunkumas 200, Ecuador
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S. A. Mori 26344, Bonaire
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I. Vandebroek 287, Dominican Republic
T. G. Yuncker 17751, Jamaica
I. Vandebroek 796, Jamaica
I. Vandebroek 797, Jamaica
H. Fleming 17, Trinidad and Tobago
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S. R. Hill 3412, Bahamas
W. E. Broadway 1889, Grenada
A. H. Liogier 20203, Dominican Republic
M. M. Mejía Pimentel 8574, Dominican Republic
M. M. Mejía Pimentel 6700, Dominican Republic
M. M. Mejía Pimentel 8368, Dominican Republic
M. M. Mejía Pimentel 9054, Dominican Republic
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C. Wright 2466, Cuba
G. V. Nash 17, Haiti
M. H. Nee 37102, Bolivia
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M. J. Balick 3189, Belize
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J. Estrada 237, Colombia
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