Pineapple Guava
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Pineapple Guava
E Introduced Photo: Anil Thakur
Common name: Pineapple Guava
Botanical name: Acca sellowiana    Family: Myrtaceae (Bottlebrush family)
Synonyms: Feijoa obovata, Feijoa sellowiana, Orthostemon sellowianus

Pineapple Guava is an evergreen shrub or small tree, up to about 20 ft tall and somewhat less in width, branches woolly. Flowers are very attractive, pinkish white with a spray of long red stamens coming out of the center. Flowers arise singly, in lowest 2-4 leaf axils of current season's growth, 3-4 cm wide, 4 whitish petals with red centers, 4 sepals and numerous carmine colored stamens, yellow anthers. In addition to being showy, the flowers are also edible. Leaves are simple, opposite, elliptical to ovate, 3-8 cm long and 2-4 cm wide, margin entire, tip blunt, base rounded, glossy dark green above, silvery-white woolly below. Fruit is ovate, 5 cm long, yellow-green to blue-gray, edible, pulp juicy, greenish white, tastes somewhat like pineapple with spearmint overtones or somewhat pear-like; may take 4-7 months to ripen, depending upon climate. Pineapple Guava is native to Argentina Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Uruguay, cultivated elsewhere.

Identification credit: Anil Thakur Photographed in cultivation in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

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