papaya USDA PLANTS Symbol: CAPA23
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
Habit: Hardwood Trees Shrub or Subshrub
Carica papaya L.

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Taxonomic Rank: Magnoliopsida: Violales: Caricaceae
Native Range: lowland trop. Amer. (BAIL);

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Plant(s); A papaya plant growing on a field at Rocky Ford in Colorado.
Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s); Older fruiting plant on April 11, 2008.  Coastal area of Oaxaca, MX.
Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s); approx.  5 feet tall
Karan A. Rawlins, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
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Foliage; Leaves and fruit
Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org
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Stem(s); volunteer in a garden
Karan A. Rawlins, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
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Feature(s); Leaf arrangement
Rebekah D. Wallace, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
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Foliage; Leaf underside
Rebekah D. Wallace, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
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Foliage;
Karan A. Rawlins, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
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Foliage;
Karan A. Rawlins, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
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Foliage;
Karan A. Rawlins, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
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Foliage; new growth
Karan A. Rawlins, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s); Flowers
John M. Randall, The Nature Conservancy, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s);
Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s);
Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s);
Rebekah D. Wallace, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s); Lumpy papaya fruits in Thailand. The cause is unknown but possibly due to a nutrient deficiency.
William M. Brown Jr., , Bugwood.org
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EDDMapS Distribution:
This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts and records obtained from USDA Plants Database. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org
 


State(s) Where Reported invasive.
Based on state level agency and organization lists of invasive plants from WeedUS database.

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U.S. National Parks where reported invasive:
Haleakala National Park (Hawaii)



Invasive Listing Sources:
Jil M. Swearingen, Survey of invasive plants occurring on National Park Service lands, 2000-2007
Reichard, Sarah. 1994.  Assessing the potential of invasiveness in woody plants introduced in North America. University of Washington Ph.D. dissertation.