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Common name

English: Papaya, Pawpaw

German: Melonenbaum

Mandarin: 番木瓜 (fan mu gua)

Portuguese: Mamoeiro, Papaeira


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2167)

      Order: Violales (37)

        Family: Caricaceae (1)(family description)

          Genus: Carica (1)

            Epithet: papaya L. (1)

Synonyms: Carica citriformis Jacq., Papaya carica Gaertner

carica => from or of Caria, ancient name for a region of western Anatolia

citriformis => lemon shaped

papaya => from 'papaya' in the Taíno language of the Caribbean Islands and its relatives in the Arawak languages for the fruit of C. Papaya


Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: tree

Flower colour: beige, white

External links

Check for Carica papaya at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI


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