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Campus Trees

Carica papaya


Family:  Caricaceae

Common Names: Pappaya, Mamo, Melon tree

Flowering Period: Throughout the year.








  • The papaya plant has an erect branchless trunk 6-20 fttall, and a palm like head of foliage at the top.
  • The trunk remains somewhat succulent and soft wooded, and never develops true bark.
  • The leaves are deeply incised and lobed, up to 24 in across and borne on 24 in petioles.
  • The flower of papaya are usually white and small.


  • The unripe green fruit is often eaten cooked due to its latex
  • The ripe fruit of the papaya is usually eaten raw, without skin or seeds. The black seeds of the papaya are edible and have a sharp, spicy taste.
  • The raw fruit can be ripened by placing it in the sun. The young leaves, flowers, and stems can be prepared by boiling with water changes.