Myrtaceae Juss.
Feijoa O.Berg

Feijoa sellowiana (O.Berg) O.Berg

This species is accepted, and its native range is Brazil (S. Minas Gerais) to Argentina (Misiones). It is used as a medicine, has environmental uses and for food.

Biogeografic region: Andean. Elevation range: 1500–2900 m a.s.l. Cultivated in Colombia. Colombian departments: Antioquia, Caldas, Cundinamarca.
Habitat according IUCN Habitats Classification: forest and woodland, shrubland, artificial - terrestrial.


Bernal, R., G. Galeano, A. Rodríguez, H. Sarmiento y M. Gutiérrez. 2017. Nombres Comunes de las Plantas de Colombia.

feijoa, fraijoa, freijoa, guayaba feijoa


Myrtaceae, B. Verdcourt, B.Sc., Ph.D. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2001

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small tree 0.9–7 m tall with pale grey bark.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite, elliptic, or oblong-elliptic, 2.8–7 cm long, 1.5–4 cm wide, obtuse at the apex, smooth and glossy olive-green above, densely white-tomentose beneath.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers in 1–3-flowered axillary or terminal cymes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx-tube and outside of lobes white-tomentose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals white or pink outside, crimson-purple or lilac-pink inside, up to 2 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 1.5–2.5 cm long, with crimson or purple filaments and yellow anthers.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit dull green or yellow-green, often with dull red or orange blush, oblong or ellipsoid-ovoid, 2.5–8 cm long, 2.8–5 cm wide.
Fig. 4/4–5, p. 14.


Bernal, R., Gradstein, S.R. & Celis, M. (eds.). 2015. Catálogo de plantas y líquenes de Colombia. Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá.

Cultivada en Colombia; Alt. 1500 - 2900 m.; Andes.
Morphology General Habit

Use Environmental
Environmental uses.
Use Food
Used for food.
Use Materials
Used as material.
Use Medicines
Medical uses.

Native to:

Argentina Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Uruguay

Introduced into:

Costa Rica, Juan Fernández Is., Kenya, New Zealand South, Tanzania, Uganda

Pineapple Guava

Feijoa sellowiana (O.Berg) O.Berg appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
14462.000 No
Jan 1, 1983 Sellow [s.n.], Brazil Acca sellowiana K000565017 isotype Yes
Jan 1, 1983 Sellow [4013], Uruguay Acca sellowiana K000565018 Yes
Acca sellowiana 53865.000 No
Andrews, S. [s.n.] Acca sellowiana 54549.000 No

First published in C.F.P.von Martius & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Bras. 14(1): 615 (1859)

Accepted by

  • (2019). epublication.

Not accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. [Cited as Acca sellowiana.]
  • Govaerts, R., Sobral, N., Ashton, P., Barrie, F., Holst, B.K., Landrum, L.L., Matsumoto, K., Fernanda Mazine, F., Nic Lughadha, E., Proença, C. & al. (2008). World Checklist of Myrtaceae: 1-455. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. [Cited as Acca sellowiana.]


Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Danton, P. & Perrier, C. (2004). Liste de la Flore vasculaire de l'île Robinson Crusoe archipel Juan Fernández, Chili Journal de Botanique Société de Botanique de France 24: 67-78.
  • Davidse, G. & al. (eds.) (2009). Flora Mesoamericana 4(1): 1-855. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México, D.F.
  • Keller, H.A. & Tressens, S.G. (2007). Presencia en Argentina de dos especies de uso múltiple: Acca sellowiana (Myrtaceae) y Casearia lasiophylla (Flacourtiaceae) Darwiniana 45: 204-212.
  • Oliveira-Filho, A.T. (2006). Catálogo das Árvores nativas de Minas Gerais: 1-423. Editora UFLA, Lavas, Brasil.

Useful Plants and Fungi of Colombia

  • Bernal, R., Gradstein, S.R., & Celis, M. (eds.). (2020). Catálogo de Plantas y Líquenes de Colombia. v1.1. Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Dataset/Checklist.
  • Diazgranados et al. (2021). Catalogue of plants of Colombia. Useful Plants and Fungi of Colombia project. In prep.
  • FPI (2021). Food Plants International.
  • (2021). GBIF species matching tool.
  • GRIN (2021). Germplasm Resources Information Network from the United States Department of Agriculture.
  • García Castro, N. J. (2011). Plantas nativas empleadas en alimentación en Colombia. Instituo de Investigaciones Biológicas Alexander von Humboldt.
  • Jansen, P., Lemmens, R., Oyen, L., Siemonsma, J., Stavast, F. & Van Valkenburg, J. (1991) Plant Resources of South-East Asia. Basic list of species and commodity grouping. Final version. Pudoc, Wageningen.
  • Medicinal Plant Names Services (MPNS) v.10 (2021);
  • RBG, Kew (2021). Kew Economic Botany Collection.
  • Willis, K.J. (ed.) (2017). State of the World’s Plants 2017. Report. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

  • Catálogo de Plantas y Líquenes de Colombia

  • Colombian resources for Plants made Accessible

    ColPlantA 2021. Published on the Internet at

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew

  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2022. Published on the Internet at and
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.

  • Kew Living Collection Database

    Common Names from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Living Collection

  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2022. Published on the Internet at and
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.

  • Kew Science Photographs

    Copyright applied to individual images

  • Neotropikey

    Milliken, W., Klitgard, B. and Baracat, A. (2009 onwards), Neotropikey - Interactive key and information resources for flowering plants of the Neotropics.

  • Universidad Nacional de Colombia

    ColPlantA database

  • Useful Plants and Fungi of Colombia