Carica papaya

Scientific name: Carica papaya L.
Botanical family: CARICACEAE

Vernacular names

(In territories with significant traditional TRAMIL use)


  • papay


  • pawpaw

Other vernacular names

Botanical description

Small tree, short-lived, soft-wooded, single-stem with milky sap, rarely with branches; Leaves alternate, palmate, seven-lobed, bunched at the top with petioles, 20-60 cm long; male flowers born on long pendant racemes or panicles ca.10 cm long; female flowers 1-3 in short cyme with greenish-yellow corolla, petals in spiral; fruit globose or subglobose ca 30 cm in diameter, yellow to orange, with milky sap numerous black seeds with a pulpy coat.







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