Guava

 
 

Guava is native to the Antilles, Central America, and South America. It reaches a height of 30 feet, with a short trunk up to 10 inches in diameter. The bark is smooth and peels in strips. The leaves are simple, up to 6 inches long, with sunken veins. Flowers are about 1.5 inches wide and are solitary or appear in small groups at leaf bases. Wild fruits are up to 2 inches in diameter, yellow when ripe, and have red pulp, but there are varieties with larger fruits, some pear-shaped, and with white pulp. It flowers and produces fruits throughout the year. Birds, bats, and domestic animals disperse the seeds. The generic name derives from the Greek word for pomegranate (Punica granatum), in reference to the shape of the fruit and the presence of many seeds. The species name derives from its indian (taino) name.


The photographed tree is south of the main student parking lot. There are other trees west of the new Agricultural Sciences greenhouses, southwest of the chancellor's house, and at the Research and Development Center.

Psidium guajava (Myrtaceae)