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Carica papaya

Copyright by: George D. Gann

Ecological Restoration Notes: Small-fruited forms from coastal and southern Florida may be from native germplasm, but repeated introductions from cultivated plants have also occurred and many populations are introduced.

Range: Monroe County Keys north throughout most of the Florida peninsula, but the historical range uncertain due to widespread cultivation.

Plant Map Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Wildlife and Ecology: Nectar plant for giant swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes), other butterflies and moths.

References: Hammer 2004

Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer
Male plant

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer
Female plant

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

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