Carica papaya
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Carica papaya


  family caricaceae 
  genus carica 

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Genus  Carica Species  papaya Variety  Cultivar  Common names  papaya   pawpaw Family  CARICACEAE Specimen number  S5476 Data source  GrUnFr p265;MedPl p181;Frgnt p329
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Carica papaya has flowers that are faintly sweet.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  digestive tonic   vulnerary   anthelmintic   emmenagogue   laxative   antidiarrheal   antidysenteric Medicinal parts  Fruit   Latex   Leaves   Flowers   Seeds Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The fruit is green skinned, ripening to yellow; the flesh is deep yellow to pink-red; it contains numerous dark brown pea-sized seeds in the central cavity. It is sweet, mild and musky in flavor. There are many nutritional properties of merit in Carica papaya; for example vitamin A and vitamin C can both be found. Papaya (sometimes called pawpaw) if frequently used as juice. This plant is most commonly used fresh. This species has numerous traditional medicinal uses. Some of its many uses are: as a digestive tonic, as a vulnerary, as an anthelmintic and as an emmenagogue. More uses are listed in the medicinal properties section. The fruit and the latex and the leaves and the flowers and even the seeds are used to prepare herbal remedies.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  sweet scented male flowers Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity  Faint Fragrance category  Faintly sweet Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Seed Pollination method  Dioecious Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Fresh   Juice Nutritional value  Vitamin A   Vitamin C Edible parts  Fruit Description of edible parts green skinned, ripening to yellow; the flesh is deep yellow to pink-red; it contains numerous dark brown pea-sized seeds in the central cavity Flavor / texture  sweet, mild and musky in flavor
Horticulture notes  Carica papaya is dioecious, thus both a male and a female of the species are required in order to bear fruit. Papaya (in some places called pawpaw) is typically propagated by seed. This plant is a native plant in the natural environment and is considered to have originated from Central America, southern Mexico and Tropical America.
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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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