Plant Listings

Mosiera longipes

Mosiera longipes (Berg) McVaugh

Formerly: Psidium longipes

Common Name: Sweet Margaret, Wild Guava

Habit: Mosiera longipes grows as a low shrub to small tree up to five meters in height.  The leaves are arranged oppositely with smooth margins and can be up to six centimeters long.  Young stems and petioles often have a reddish color. The leaves have a distinctive odor when crushed.

The flowers occur in groups from one to four, in leaf axils and are fragrant.  The calyx has four unfused sepals.  The corolla has four unfused white petals.  There are numerous stamens.  The fruit is a berry that turns dark red to black with maturity and retains the sepals at its top like a crown.

Habitat: Mosiera longipes occurs on both sand and hardened limestone substrates in Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formations –Forests/Woodlands/Shrublands/Dwarf Shrublands as well as in pinelands. It is common along rocky coastlines as well as interior plant communities.    

Distribution in Bahamas/Globally: Mosiera longipes grows throughout the Bahamian Archipelago as well as Florida and Mexico.

Cultural/Economic usage : Mosiera longipes is used in general soothing teas, to treat colds, diarrhea, stomach aches, and as an aphrodisiac tea for men.  The fruits are edible. Either the leaves or the bark is used to treat diseases.