Carica papaya (Papaya, Pawpaw, Papaw, CARPA) | BCH-ORGA-SCBD-12085 | Organism | Biosafety Clearing-House

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Organism (ORGA)

last updated: 08 Aug 2014
Organism information
Carica papaya
Kingdom Plantae
Phylum Magnoliophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Order Violales
Family Caricaceae
Genus Carica
Species Carica papaya
  • Papaya
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  • Pawpaw
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  • Papaw
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  • CARPA
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Crops
Domesticated
Characteristics related to biosafety
Carica papaya is native in the north-tropical Western Hemisphere. Some have suggested a centre of origin in Central America or the south of Mexico. Manshardt and Zee (1994) found wild papayas in the Caribbean coastal lowlands of southern Mexico and northern Honduras.
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  • Food
Additional Information
Papaya, Carica papaya L., is an almost herbaceous (succulently soft-wooded), typically unbranched small tree in the family Caricaceae. Europeans first encountered papaya in the Western Hemisphere tropics by at least the early 1500s, and various interests were soon disseminating it widely. Papaya is now cultivated worldwide in tropical and subtropical climates mainly for its melon-like fruit.
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