Psidium cujavillus (PROSEA)

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List of species

Psidium cujavillus Burm.f.

Family: Myrtaceae


  • Psidium pumilum Vahl.

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: jambu tjina, jambu bidji ketjil (Malay), jambu leutik (Sundanese).


Originating from the Antilles. Introduced and cultivated in Indonesia and the Philippines.


The fruits are edible. Leaves used against diarrhoea.


  • Shrub or small crooked tree, 1-4 m tall.
  • Fruit a globose berry, 2-3 cm diameter.

At low and medium altitudes, rather rare in South-East Asia. Some consider this species to be a small form of Psidium guajava L.

Selected sources

  • Backer, C.A. & Bakhuizen van den Brink, R.C., 1963 1968. Flora of Java. 3 Volumes. Noordhoff, Groningen, the Netherlands.
  • Mansfeld, R. & Schultze Motel, J., 1986. Verzeichnis landwirtschaftlicher und gärtnerischer Kuturpflanzen. 2nd ed. 4 Volumes. Springer Verlag, Berlin. 1998 pp.
  • Merrill, E.D., 1923-1925. An enumeration of Philippine flowering plants. 4 Volumes. Government of the Philippine Islands, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Bureau of Printing, Manila.
  • Ochse, J.J., 1927. Indische vruchten [Indonesian fruits]. Volkslectuur, Weltevreden. 330 pp.


P.C.M. Jansen, J. Jukema, L.P.A. Oyen, T.G. van Lingen