The Importance Of Strawberry Guava

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Strawberry guava, Psidium cattleianum Sabine, is valued by the general public of Hawaii for its ornamental characteristics and fruit, which is frequently prepared into jams, jellies, juices, cakes, and pastries. However, due to false advertising and commercialization, guava as well as coffee, macadamia, passion fruit, and pineapples are seen as icons of Hawaii, yet they aren’t native to Hawaii. Even though these species aren’t native to Hawaii, coffee, macadamia, passion fruit, and pineapples do not pose a series threat to the native ecosystems of Hawaii, like the strawberry guava. Strawberry guava is an invasive alien species to Hawaii and can be managed through mechanical control, herbicide application, and biological control to prevent further dispersal and damage to the native ecosystems of Hawaii. Introduced to Hawaii in 1825 while en route to Europe and …show more content…
2000). In its native Atlantic forest ecosystem in Brazil, strawberry guava is common in the coastal forests and more sparse below an elevation of 1,300 meters as a understory tree (Vitorino et al. 2000). After its domestic introduction and escape to the native ecosystems of Hawaii, strawberry guava has become one of the most notorious weeds on all the main Hawaiian Islands (Vitorino et al. 2000). The presence of strawberry guava is prominent from sea level to around 3,900 feet and even up to 5250 feet (Johnson and Denslow 2005). In an interview with Jessica Hawkins, a member of Oahu Army Green Team, she stated, “The [strawberry] guava is a huge problem in almost all the areas our team manages. Strawberry guava is in all the areas that we manage.” In the mesic and wet forests, strawberry guava forms monospecific stands that span thousands of acres with thickets that reached heights of

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