An extremely rare guava bearing 1-1 1/4" yellow-orange fruits with similarly colored pulp that has a sweetish but unremarkable flavor. The tree is of particular interest as an ornamental and due to its scarcity.
An evergreen tree growing to 12-20 feet. Leaves are smooth, green, with young foliage a pretty red color. Flowering occurs often in January or February in its native range, with fruits ripening a number of months later, in October and November.
Fruits are said to be edible but not particularly tasty. The tree is planted as an ornamental for its pretty foliage, which is red when young.
Extremely rare if not extinct in the wild. Once found only near Rio de Janeiro, including the famous Copacabana Beach. This species has been subsequently used in Rio de Janeiro as a street tree ornamental but is virtually unknown elsewhere.