Abbevillea fenzliana O.Berg
Abbevillea guaviroba (DC.) O.Berg
Psidium guaviroba DC.
Common Name: Guabiroba
Guabiroba is a semi-deciduous tree with a dense, rounded crown; it can grow 6 - 12 metres tall[
]. The grooved bole can be 20 - 30cm in diameter[
The edible fruit is greatly appreciated within the plant's native range, where it is often gathered from the wild[
]. The plant is also sometimes cultivated for this fruit in domestic orchards[
], especially in the Rio de Janeiro area of Brazil.
S. America - Argentina, southern and eastern Brazil, Bolivia
Wet soils in dense, humid, Atlantic rainforests and the understorey of Araucaria forests, rarely in coastal primary forest[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Prefers a sunny position[
]. Tolerant of seasonal inundation of the soil[
A fast-growing tree[
The orange-yellow fruit has a flavour like a guava and can be eaten raw, cooked or made into a jelly[
]. A firm, succulent pulp with a sweet flavour[
]. The yellow-green, globose fruit can be 2 - 3cm in diameter[
The wood is fine-textured, irregular-grained, moderately heavy, slightly susceptible to wood eating insects[
]. It is used to make musical instruments, tool handles and for general lumber[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed[
]. A germination rate in excess of 80% can be expected, with the seeds sprouting within 10 - 20 days[
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