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17. Common Guava / kuawa

Scientific name: Psidium guajava

Classification: Phylum: Plantae. Class: Dicotyledonae. Family: Myrtaceae

Origin: Introduced

Status: Common

Distribution:All the main islands

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This tree was introduced into Hawai‘i in the early 1800s for its fruit. Unfortunately, it thrives in this climate and out-competes other native plants and trees in our forests. It can grow into almost impenetrable thickets and is considered now a noxious weed. Successful efforts to rid areas of this tree have shown that native species of plants do return.

   Photo by Clyde Imada