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  Psidium guajava (black guava)
  Family Name : Myrtaceae

  Common Names : Black Guava

Black Guava
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Tree (Shrubby (1m-5m))
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Plant Shape :
      Maximum Height :
      3.7 m to 4.6 m
  • Biogeography
    • Preferred Climate Zone :
      Local Conservation Status :
      Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Small tree up to 4.6 m tall in the ground.
      Foliage: Elliptical to oblong leaves are arranged in pairs. New foliage is reddish brown, while mature foliage is olive green.
      Stems: The 4-sided stem has thin, wrinkled wings at the stem corners.
      Flowers: Reddish pink flowers are about 2.5 cm wide. They occur solitary or in small clusters of 2-3 in the leaf axils (the place where the leaf stalk intersects with the stem).
      Fruits: Oval to pear-shaped, pungent fruit has glossy, reddish brown to nearly black skin with pinkish red flesh.
      [Others]: This cultivar is popular in India and South America.
      Cultivation :
      Young, growing plants should be watered daily, while mature, fruiting plants should be watered less frequently, such as a few times a week. The plant typically begins to fruit after 2 years. It's a good practice to remove some of the flowers to concentrate the plant's energy resources on a smaller number of fruit, allowing them to become bigger. Regular pruning to thin the crown will help to prevent diseases caused by bacteria and fungus. Cover the soil with organic mulch to moderate soil temperature, as well as provide additional nutrients. This plant is susceptible to scales and whiteflies which can be controlled with an insecticidal soap.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Edible Plant Parts (Edible Fruits)
      Food (Fruit & Vegetable: In Southeast Asian, the fruit is usually consumed fresh. It is also added to drinks and desserts.)
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Well-Drained Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Container Planting
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Economic Garden
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Pollination Method(s) :
      Biotic (Fauna) (Insects (Bee))
      Seed / Spore Dispersal :
      Biotic (Fauna)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Plant Growth Rate :
      Soil pH Range :
      5 to 7
      Maintenance Requirements :
      Pest(s) :
      Sucking Insects
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Air-Layering
      Seed / Spore Germination Duration :
      15 Days to 20 Days
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      [Remarks] (Olive Green)
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) :
      Brown, Red
      Young Flush Texture(s) :
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Foliar Attachment to Stem :
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Elliptical; Oblong)
      Foliar Venation :
      Pinnate / Net
      Foliar Margin :
      Foliar Apex / Tip :
      Foliar Base :
      Rounded / Obtuse
      Typical Foliar Area :
      Mesophyll ( 45cm2 - 182.25 cm2 )
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      Flower Grouping :
      Solitary, Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flower Location :
      Flower Symmetry :
      Individual Flower Shape :
      Stellate / Star-shaped
      Flower Size :
      3 cm
      Inflorescence Type :
      Flowering Period :
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :
      Black, Brown
      Mature Fruit Texture(s) :
      Glossy / Shiny, Bumpy / Tuberculate
      Fruit Classification :
      Simple Fruit
      Fruit Type :
      Fleshy Fruit (Non-Accessory Fruit: Berry)
      Mature Seed Colour(s) :
      Yellow / Golden
      Mature Seed Texture(s) :
      Seed Quantity per Fruit :
      Numerous (>20)
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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