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Where Does It Fit?

 Phylogenetic Tree.  Image: Theresa Klees

This phylogenetic tree shows how Carica papaya relates to other organisms based on classification.  Lets take a closer look at the break down of this fascinating organism.

This domain includes many organisms that most people are familiar with including fungi, protists, plants, and animals.  An example of another eukaryotic organism is the chicken (Gallus gallus) General qualities of this domain, including papayas, are all eukaryotic cells have a nucleus, they are much larger than prokaryotic cells and much more complex.  

Papaya's are apart of the kingdom Plante.  This is because they are multi cellular organisms with cell walls made of cellulose.  The papaya plant is autotrophic using photosynthesis to generate their food.  An example of another plant type is the Licorice Fern (Polypodium glycyrrhiza).


The papaya is a flowering tree which is why it fits into this phylum.  Magnoliophytas are more commonly known as angiosperms. Another commonly known angiosperm includes the Hemp plant (Cannabis sativa).
The flower of a C. papaya plant, it has 5 white petals.
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This class represents the dicots of the angiosperms.  This organism is a dicot because veins in the leaves of a papaya tree have a net like pattern.  Also flowers of dicot plants have have parts in 4's or 5's and the papaya flower has 5 petals. An example of another dicot is the Opium poppy plant (Papaver somniferum)

This group is more commonly known as the Cabbage family and includes 15-16 different families with in the order including the species kohlrabi (Brassica oleracea).  The main characteristic of organisms in this order is that they produce mustard oils.  Radial symmetry in the flowers of these plants is also a characteristic of this organism.
This family is made up of four different genera all with similar characteristics including soft trunks and production of a milky sap.
This genus includes all papayas. Most papayas have an enzyme called papain which has been used for many medicinal purposes.
C. papaya
This species is a large herb that can reach up to 30 feet in height.  The fruit, for what the species is best known for, has a green skin containing an orange melon like fleshy inside.  The fruit itself can be quite large reaching up to 20lbs in weight! The name is easy enough to remember as well because its scientific name is the same as its English name.  Papaya simply means what it is, a tropical fruit from an evergreen tropical tree. 

                            carica papaya and its seeds in a tea cup.  Picture taken by me!


Want to know more? Find out where this colorful fruit likes to live by taking a look at its habitat.


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