Calycorectes protractus Griseb.
Calyptranthes tonduzii Donn.Sm.
Calyptropsidium sartorianum (O.Berg) Krug & Urb.
Chytraculia sartoriana (O.Berg) Kuntze
Mitranthes sartoriana O.Berg
Mitropsidium oblanceolatum Burret
Mitropsidium pittieri Burret
Mitropsidium sartorianum (O.Berg) Burret
Psidium ciliatum O.Berg
Psidium microphyllum Britton
Psidium minutiflorum Amshoff
Psidium molinae Amshoff
Psidium protractum (Griseb.) Lundell
Psidium socorrense I.M.Johnst.
Psidium solisii Standl.
Psidium yucatanense Lundell
Common Name: Guayaba
Guayaba is an evergreen tree with a dense, subglobose crown; it can grow 12 - 16 metres tall. The straight bole can be 20 - 40cm in diameter[
The edible fruit is gathered from the wild for local use. The plant is also often cultivated in Mexico and Puerto Rico for its edible fruits and also as an ornamental[
S. America - Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, north through Central America to Mexico and Cuba.
Forests and savannahs, in a wide variety of habitats from shade to full sun, at elevations up to 1,500 metres[
]. Prefers positions on gentle slopes or non-inundated land near rivers where the soil is deep, fertile and well-drained[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
A plant of warm, tropical climates, where it can be found at elevations up to 1,500 metres[
]. It is able to survive some frost[
Succeeds in full sun and in dappled shade[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
The fruit is produced on new growth[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. A sweetish flavour[
]. A rich, spicy, subacid flavour[
]. The fruit is used in jellies and to make a refreshing beverage[
]. It can be dried for later use[
]. The pale yellow, spherical fruit is 10 - 15mm in diameter[
The leaves have medicinal properties[
The bark is rich in tannin[
The wood is medium-textured, moderately heavy, hard, with moderate mechanical properties and not very durable when exposed to the elements. It can be used for internal general construction, simple furniture, plywood, boxes etc[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a sunny position in a nursery seedbed. The germination rate is normally quite low, with the seed sprouting within 28 - 35 days[
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