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Psidium guajava

Guava, Psidium guajava, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed at Eldoret, Kenya. January 2012.

From Wikipedia: The apple guava or common guava (known as Goiaba in Brazil and Guayava in parts of The Americas) is an evergreen shrub or small tree native to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. It is easily pollinated by insects; in culture, mainly by the common honey bee, Apis mellifera. Widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions around the world, guava fruits can range in size from as small as an apricot to as large as a grapefruit. Various cultivars have white, pink, or red flesh, and a few also feature red (instead of green) skin.

close-up of flower, Psidium guajava, photo © Michael Plagens trunk and bark of Psidium guajava photo © Michael Plagens

Myrtaceae -- Myrtle Family

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updated 30 September 2012