Andhra Pradesh Forest Department - Silviculture of Species
Careya arborea, Roxb.
Family : Lecythidaceae
Common Name : Wild guava, Kumbi Telugu Name : Budadhermi, Dudippa

General:

Found throughout the State in the moister part, and in the ravines and valleys. It is abundant in Eturnagaram. Pasra. Tadvai forests of Warangal District. It is identified by leaves turning red in the cold season, dark grey thick bark and large showy flowers. It occurs both on alluvial soils and loams. It also occurs on latiritic soils. It is a fire resistant species. It is a good coppicer.

Flowering:

Yellowish or greenish white flowers which are large and emit foetid smell appear in March and April when trees are without leaves.

Fruiting:
The fruits ripen in June to July.
Morphology of the Fruit.Seed:
Berry, blobose, 5 to 6.5 cms in diam., rind thick, crowned with the limb of the calyx. Seeds numerous, embedded in fleshy pulp, scattered.
Seed Biology:
No. of seeds per Kg.
Germination percentage
No. of seedlings per Kg. of seed
2822
30
800 (approx)
Pretreatment:
Not required.
Nursery Techniques:
The tree is best raised from the seed. It has however not been tried much for artificial regeneration. The seeds often gernminate within the fruit as it lies on the ground. The growth of the seedlings is rather slow.