Carica papaya L.
Papaya carica Gaertn.
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Magnoliopsida||Dicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves|
|Subclass||Rosidae||Roses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more|
|Order||Brassicales||Mustard, cabbage, caper, papaya, nasturtiums, many others; most produce mustard oil|
|Genus||Carica||The 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 description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
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7/15/2020 · Guam · By Jacquelyn Boyt
4/10/2015 · MacDonald‘s, Marco Island, FL
≈ 5 × 3' (1.5 × 1 m)
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