Not the good guava

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Lo­ca­tion: na­tion­wide Dis­tinc­tive fea­tures: tiny white flow­ers from June to March, round pur­ple fruit from March on­wards

This is a large shrub or small tree to 6m with a smooth, pale brown trunk. Shoots are cov­ered with thick, fine hairs when young. Oval leaves are glossy and dark green above, and dot­ted with glands be­neath. Soli­tary white flow­ers (to 10mm di­am­e­ter) are usu­ally pro­duced in all up­per leaf bases from June to March, and are fol­lowed by round, berry-like fruits (to 2cm di­am­e­ter) that have sweet, pur­ple (oc­ca­sion­ally whitish) flesh that be­come dark pur­ple as they ma­ture.

The fruit have mas­sive seed­ing abil­ity and seeds are well dis­persed. It forms dense or pure stands in open ar­eas and un­der bush canopy, pre­vent­ing the estab­lish­ment of na­tive plant seedlings, tak­ing over na­tive for­est ar­eas.

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