Non-Native to Florida
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Psidium cattleianum is occasionally found growing in disturbed sites of the central and southern peninsula of Florida (Wunderlin, 2003). It is native to southeastern Brazil but escaped cultivation. Strawberry guava blooms all year.
Appearance: Evergreen shrub or small tree to 8 m (25 ft) tall, with gray to reddish-brown peeling bark and young branches round, pubescent.
Leaves: Opposite, simple, entire, glabrous, elliptic to oblong, to 8 cm (3 in) long. Flowers: To 2.5 cm (1.2 in) wide; borne singly at leaf axils, with white petals and a mass of white and yellow stamens.
Fruit: A globose berry, 3–6 cm (1.2–2.4 in) long, purple-red, with whitish flesh usually sweet-tasting when ripe; seeds numerous.
Ecological threat: Forms thickets and shades out native vegetation in forests and open woodlands. Also serves as a major host for the naturalized Caribbean fruit fly, which occasionally spreads to commercial citrus crops. FLEPPC Category I
Distribution: C, SW, SE
Field Notations PSIDCATT/PSCA
Text from Invasive and Non-Native Plants You Should Know, Recognition Cards, by A. Richard and V. Ramey, 2007. UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, Publ. No. SP 431.
View more information and pictures about strawberry guava, as contained in the Langeland/Burks book, Identification & Biology of Non-Native Plants in Florida's Natural Areas.
See the UF/IFAS Assessment, which lists plants according to their invasive status in Florida.