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Caricaceae
Carica papaya - papaya - var-tropical dwarf papaya - desc-fruit.jpg
Carica papaya
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Caricaceae

Dumort., nom. cons.
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Caricaceae is a family of flowering plants in the order Brassicales, found in tropical regions of Central and South America and Africa. They are short-lived evergreen pachycaul shrubs or small trees growing to 5–10 m tall; many bear edible fruit.

The family comprises six genera and about 34-35 species:

  • Carica – one species Carica papaya (Papaya), Americas
  • Cylicomorpha – two species, Africa
  • Horovitzia – one species, Mexico
  • Jacaratia – eight species, Americas
  • Jarilla – three species, Americas
  • Vasconcellea – 20-21 species, Americas
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