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ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Guava, Amrood अमरूद (Hindi), Pera (Malayalam), கொய்யா Segappu koyyaa (Tamil), Pungton (Manipuri), கொய்யா Koyya (Tamil)
Botanical name: Psidium guajava    Family: Myrtaceae (Bottlebrush family)

One of the most gregarious of fruit trees, the guava of the Bottlebrush family, is almost universally known by its common English name or its equivalent in other languages. A small tree to 33 ft (10 in) high, with spreading branches, the guava is easy to recognize because of its smooth, thin, copper-colored bark that flakes off, showing the greenish layer beneath; and also because of the attractive, "bony" aspect of its trunk which may in time attain a diameter of 10 in (25 cm) Faintly fragrant, the white flowers, borne singly or in small clusters in the leaf axils, are 1 in (2.5 cm) wide, with 4 or 5 white petals which are quickly shed, and a prominent tuft of perhaps 250 white stamens tipped with pale-yellow anthers. The fruit, exuding a strong, sweet, musky odor when ripe, may be round, ovoid, or pear-shaped, 2 to 4 in (5-10 cm) long, with 4 or 5 protruding floral remnants (sepals) at the apex; and thin, light-yellow skin, frequently blushed with pink.
Photographed in Manipur
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