Acca sellowiana (O.Berg) Burret


Large shrub to small tree. Leaves opposite, elliptic, 3-8 cm long, 2-4 cm wide, entire, glossy blue-green above, densely white-hairy below. Flowers 1-3 together (mostly paired) in the axils of lower leaves of current year's growth, stalked, each flower 3-4 cm wide; late spring to early summer. Sepals 4. Petals 4, white with red mottling inside, hairy outside. Stamens numerous, crimson, about 2.5 cm long, anthers yellow. Fruit a fleshy green berry, 4-6 cm long, with the persistent calyx on top. Feijoa sellowiana O. Berg.

This is the edible Feijoa. Listed cultivars include 'Coolidge', F. 'Duffy' PVJ 6(3)6, 'Nazemetz' and 'Triumph' from New Zealand, and 'Mammoth' from California. 'Apollo' and 'Gemini' are two recent introductions from New Zealand.

S Brazil, Paraguay, Uraguay, N Argentina.

Melbourne (Royal Bot. Gds, near entrance to Gardens House).

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Myrtaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Acca sellowiana 'Variegata'

Leaves variegated.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Myrtales
family       Myrtaceae
genus        Acca O.Berg.