papaya Caricaceae Carica papaya
Leaf:Alternate, simple, very large, round in outline, deep sinuses with long finger-like lobes result in a leaf that appears to be palmately compound.
Flower:Naturally dioecious, bred to be hermaphroditic; fragrant; borne in leaf axils; creamy white to yellow with 5 curled petals; blooming throughout the year.
Fruit:Technically a berry that ripens from green to red-orange; filled with a thick orange flesh surrounding a central cavity with numerous black seeds.
Bark:Green-brown and conspicuously covered in large old leaf scars.
Form:A small mostly unbranched tree with large leaves near the top of the tree.