Psidium guajava
Status: Least Concern
Type: Evergreen
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Names: Apple guava
Appearance: 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; a few varieties feature red (instead of green or yellow) skin.

General Information

Psidium guajava, the common guava, yellow guava, lemon guava, or apple guava is an evergreen shrub or small tree native to Africa, the Caribbean, Central America and South America

Uses

The plant is used in many different shampoo products for its scent. It is also becoming a popular bonsai species. Guava wood from Hawaii is commonly used for the smoking of meat. The wood is resistant to insect and fungal attack. The density of oven-dry wood is about 670 kg/m3 (1,130 lb/cu yd) and has been found suitable for roof trusses in Nigeria. Psidium guajava has been used in traditional medicine by many cultures throughout Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia. It is used for inflammation, diabetes, hypertension, caries, wounds, pain relief, fever, diarrhea, rheumatism, lung diseases, and ulcers.

Cultivation

It is easily pollinated by insects. when cultivated, it is pollinated mainly by the common honey bee, Apis mellifera.

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