Psidium cattleianum. STRAWBERRY GUAVA. Brazil
MYRTACEAE (Myrtle family)

Strawberry guava is a shrub to small tree with dark red, cherry-sized, edible fruit. In squirrel-infested areas where anything edible, from plums to olives, is at risk, the guavas are left untouched. Evidently squirrels learn from others what may be eaten. The fruit is pleasant for humans to eat, with lots of pale seeds, but not as tasty as the larger, yellowish, common guava (P. guajava). A specimen of strawberry guava is in the Stanford Avenue greenbelt opposite Peter Coutts Road.

Illustration: McMinn, Howard E. and Evelyn Maino. 1951. An illustrated manual of Pacific coast trees; with lists of trees recommended for various uses on the Pacific coast by H. W. Shepherd. 2d ed. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press.

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Additions/Revisions:

Name derivation, genus | species Psidium is the Greek word for pomegranate | William Cattley (d. 1832), English horticulturalist

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Botanical name index | Common name index | Family
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