Psidium sintenisii

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Psidium sintenisii
Psidium sintenisii.jpg
1974 illustration[1]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Psidium
Species:
P. sintenisii
Binomial name
Psidium sintenisii
Synonyms[3]
  • Calyptropsidium sintenisii Kiaersk.
  • Mitropsidium sintenisii (Kiaersk.) Burret

Psidium sintenisii is a species of flowering plant in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. It is endemic to Puerto Rico, where it is known from three or four small subpopulations, mainly within El Yunque National Forest. It grows in wet mountain forest habitat.[2] Its common names are Sintenis' guava and hoja menuda.[4]

This evergreen tree, a species of wild guava, can reach 9 meters in height. It has gray, grooved, shreddy bark on the trunk and greenish branches. The shiny green glandular leaf blades are up to 6.3 centimeters long. Flowers are solitary in the leaf axils, borne on long stalks. The buds are shaped like tops, and they are fragrant. The green or yellowish fruit is up to about 2 centimeters long.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ illustration by Elbert J. Little; USDA-FS Handbook # 449; 1974.
  2. ^ a b World Conservation Monitoring Centre. 1998. Psidium sintenisii. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. Downloaded on 19 September 2013.
  3. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  4. ^ Psidium sintenisii. Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).
  5. ^ Endemic Plant Facts - January 2010 - Sintenis' Guava. El Yunque National Park. USDA Forest Service.