Guava Psidium guajava, from here.

Belongs within: Myrtaceae.
Contains: Eugenia.

The Myrteae is a clade within the family Myrtaceae containing taxa with fleshy fruits and radiating ovules. Many species, such as the guavas of the genus Psidium and the strawberry myrtle Ugni molinae, are grown for their fruit. The true myrtle Myrtus communis is not known as a source of fruit, but is grown for its aromatic flowers.

Characters (from Wilson et al. 2005): Trees, sometimes shrubs; hairs simple occasionally T-shaped. Leaves opposite. Inflorescences axillary, sometimes paniculate; perianth free or calyx calyptrate; stamens free, numerous; anthers versatile, dehiscing by longitudinal slits. Ovary inferior, mostly bi- or trilocular; placentas axile, ovules radiating, sometimes pendulous; vascular supply to ovary trans-septal. Fruit indehiscent, fleshy; seeds usually numerous; embryo variable, cotyledons small to leafy or thick.

<==Myrteae (see below for synonymy) WO05
    |--+--Uromyrtus australis WO05
    |  |--Decaspermum WO05
    |  |    |--D. fruticosum [incl. Myrtus vitiensis, Nelitris vitiensis] HM03
    |  |    `--D. humile WO05
    |  `--+--+--Rhodomyrtus macrocarpa WO05
    |     |  |--Archirhodomyrtus beckleri WO05
    |     |  `--Pilidiostigma papuanum WO05
    |     `--+--Rhodomyrtus tomentosa WO05
    |        `--Rhodamnia WO05
    |             |--R. argentea WO05
    |             `--R. cinerea P88
    `--+--Myrtus WO05
       |    |--M. bullata A27
       |    |--M. communis Linnaeus 1753 PL04
       |    |--M. obcordata T27
       |    |--M. pedunculata T27
       |    `--M. ralphii A27
       `--+--Myrciaria WO05
          |    |--M. paraensis DS86
          |    `--M. vexator WO05
          |--+--Eugenia WO05
          |  `--Hexachlamys edulis WO05
          |--+--Blepharocalyx tweediei WO05
          |  `--Luma apiculata WO05
          |--+--Acca sellowiana WO05
          |  `--Lenwebbia prominens WO05
          |--+--Campomanesia guazumifolia WO05
          |  |--Pimenta racemosa WO05
          |  `--Ugni molinae WO05
          |--Calyptranthes WO05
          |    |--C. densifolia J87
          |    |--C. hotteana J87
          |    |--C. nummularia J87
          |    |--C. pallens WO05
          |    |--C. pitoniana J87
          |    |--C. sintenisii J87
          |    `--C. ternifolia J87
          `--Psidium WO05
               |--P. cattleianum H06
               |--P. × durbanensis H06
               |--P. guajava H06
               |--P. guineense H06
               |--P. longipes WO05
               |--P. pomiferum C55
               `--P. pyriferum C55

Myrteae incertae sedis:
  Accara WO05
  Amomyrtella WO05
  Amomyrtus WO05
  Austromyrtus WO05
  Calycolpus WO05
  Calycorectes WO05
  Chamguava WO05
  Gomidesia lindeniana WO05, J87
  Gossia WO05
  Legrandia WO05
  Lophomyrtus WO05
    |--L. bullata MM04
    `--L. obcordata WH02
  Marlierea WO05
  Meteoromyrtus WO05
  Mosiera WO05
  Myrceugenia WO05
  Myrcia WO05
    |--M. deflexa SWK87
    `--M. tiburoniana J87
  Myrcianthes ferreyrae WO05, OA02
  Myrrhinium WO05
  Myrtastrum WO05
  Myrteola nummularia WO05, D03
  Myrtella WO05
  Neomitranthes WO05
  Neomyrtus pendunculata WO05, MM04
  Octamyrtus WO05
  Plinia WO05
  Siphoneugena WO05
  Stereocaryum WO05

Myrteae [Eugeniinae, Eugenioideae, Feijoinae, Myrciinae, Myrcioideae, Myrrhinieae, Myrrhiniinae, Pimentinae, Pimentoideae] WO05

*Type species of generic name indicated


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[WH02] Worthy, T. H., & R. N. Holdaway. 2002. The Lost World of the Moa: Prehistoric life of New Zealand. Indiana University Press: Bloomington (Indiana).

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