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Feijoa sellowiana
Feijoa sellowiana
Photographer: Joseph Dougherty

ID: 0000 0000 0508 2323 (2008-05-30)

Copyright © 2008 Joseph Dougherty, M.D./

  • date of photo  2005
  • this photo depicts a plant that was cultivated or collected in the wild
  • photo location   San Diego Zoo
  • plant's place of origin   Paraguay
  • notes   A slow-growing evergreen shrub (occasionally taking tree-like form) that can reach 15 ft high and may be up to 15 ft wide. The bark is pale gray. The branches are spreading, swollen at the nodes, and hairy when young. The wood is dense, hard, and often brittle. The plant is best known for its edible fruit, which range from 2cm to 10cm long and vary in shape from round to an elongated pear shape. The skin is usually waxy and blue-ish or grayish green, sometimes with a red or orange blush. Skin texture varies from smooth to rough and pebbly. The flavorful fruit emits a strong pleasant, long-lasting perfume, even before it is fully ripe. The fruit pulp enclosing the tiny edible seeds is sweet, reminiscent of pineapple and guava or pineapple and strawberry combined. The flowers are bisexual, borne singly or in a cluster, and have long, bright red stamens topped with large grains of yellow pollen. The shrub flowers from May to June. The flowers are reportedly edible, and have been added to salads or ice creams. It has been said that feijoa pollen is transferred by birds that are attracted to and eat the flowers, but bees are the chief pollinators.
  • camera   Nikon
  • contributor's ID #  2005_05_01_JD_0058
  • photo category: Plant - tree/shrub

  • common names   Feijoa, Pineapple Guava, Guavasteen (photographer)
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