Vascular – Exotic
Trees & Shrubs - Dicotyledons
Large shrub or tree to 6 m high. Trunk smooth, pale brown. Leaves smooth, oval to 4-5 cm long. Round fruit to 2 cm diameter becoming dark purple or sometimes yellow. edible.
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P. cattleyanum can be distinguished from P. guajava by its glabrous leaves and the absence of prominent veins on either leaf surface.
January, February, March
Perennial. Reproduces from seed. Pig/bird dispersed (Cronk and Fuller).
This taxon may be prone to myrtle rust (Austropuccinia psidii) is an invasive fungus which threatens myrtle species - learn more myrtlerust.org.nz
Reason for introduction
Shade tolerant (Cronk and Fuller).