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Carica papaya L.


KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderBrassicalesMustard, cabbage, caper, papaya, nasturtiums, many others; most produce mustard oil
GenusCaricaThe Latin name carica, derived from the Greek karike, which was a kind of fig, was given to the papaya, or paw paw because of the latter’s fig-like leaves. Stearns further suggests that the name refers to an area in Asia Minor called Caria, where figs were extensively cultivated

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Carica papaya (papaya)

11/16/2018 · Puerto Rico · By Heather A. Kent

Carica papaya (papaya)

7/29/2023 · Guam · By Jacquelyn Boyt

Papaya carica Gaertn.


Carica papaya description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 11 Oct 2021.

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Carica papaya (papaya)

4/10/2015 · MacDonald‘s, Marco Island, Florida
≈ 5 × 3' (1.5 × 1 m)

Carica papaya (papaya)

11/16/2018 · Puerto Rico · By Heather A. Kent ID is dubious


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