L., Sp. Pl. 470.1753
Guava, Guayaha, Guayava peluda
Shrub or small tree, to 5 (10) m tall, to 25 cm dbh; stems glandular-dotted; young stems, petioles, lower leaf surfaces, and midribs above densely short-pubescent. Petioles ca 5 mm long; blades oblong-elliptic, obtuse or apiculate at apex, obtuse to rounded at base, 7-12 cm long, 3.5-6 cm wide, glabrate in age, pellucid-punctate; lateral veins in 12 pairs or more, prominently raised. Flowers solitary in axils, 5-parted; pedicels 1-2 cm long; pedicel and outside of calyx short-pubescent; calyx lobes triangular, to 1 cm long, sericeous inside; petals ovate, white, 1.5-2 cm long, sparsely pubescent outside, glabrous inside; stamens numerous; style simple. Berries globose or pear-shaped, to 6 cm diam, green turning yellow-pink; seeds many. Croat 5299, 8385.
Cultivated in the Laboratory Clearing; growing spontaneously on the shore at the end of Peña Blanca Peninsula and on Orchid and Slothia islands. Flowers in the dry season. The fruits mature in the late rainy season and the early dry season.
Immature fruits are eaten by white-faced and spider monkeys (Hladik & Hladik, 1969; Oppenheimer, 1968). Cultivated throughout the tropics; common in secondary growth. In Panama, known from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone, Bocas del Toro, San Blas, Panama, and Darién, from premontane dry forest in Coclé (Penonomé), and from premontane wet forest in Coclé (El Valle) and Panama (Cerro Jefe).