Trees and Plants of Pune and India

Guavas are common tropical fruits cultivated and enjoyed in many tropical and subtropical regions. Psidium guajava (common guava, lemon guava) is a small tree in the Myrtle family (Myrtaceae), native to Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. Although related species may also be called guavas, they actually belong to other genera, such as the “strawberry guava” Acca sellowiana. The most frequently eaten species, and the one often simply referred to as “the guava”, is the Apple Guava. The flowers are white, with five petals and numerous stamens. The term “guava” appears to derive from Arawak guayabo “guava tree”, via the Spanish guayaba. It has been adapted in many European and Asian languages, having a similar form. Another term for guavas is peru, derived from pear. It is common in countries bordering the western Indian Ocean and probably derives from Spanish or Portuguese. In the Indian subcontinent and Middle-East, guava is called amrood, possibly a variant of armoot meaning “pear” in the Arabic and Turkish languages.
Guava Flower

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