Carica papaya L.
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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≈ 5 × 3' (1.5 × 1 m)
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