EPPO Global Database

Carica papaya(CIAPA)

Code created in: 2001-10-07

Basic information
  • EPPO Code: CIAPA
  • Preferred name: Carica papaya
  • Authority: Linnaeus


Mexico and Central America, South America (Colombia, Venezuela). Widely cultivated in pre-Columbian times throughout tropical America. More recently, cultivated throughout the tropics for its fruits (Western Asia (Oman), Himalayas, India, Sri Lanka, Indochina (Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam), China, Tchad, Ethiopia, Sénégal to Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Gabon, Zaïre, Angola, USA (Florida), Caribbean, most of remaining South America (except southern cone)

Other scientific names
Name Authority
Papaya carica Gärtner

Common names
Name Language
papaw English
papaya English
pawpaw English
tree melon English
Baummelonenbaum German
Melonenbaum German
arbre de melon French
papayer French
fruto bomba Spanish (AR)
lechosa Spanish (HN)
mamón lechoso Spanish (ES)
mapana Spanish (VE)
papaya Spanish
papaya melón Spanish (HN)
papayero Spanish
papayo Spanish (ES)
carica Italian
fico delle isole Italian
papaia Italian
papajo Italian
meloenboom Dutch
papaja Dutch
mamaeiro Portuguese
mamão Portuguese
mamoeiro Portuguese
papaeira Portuguese
papaieira Portuguese
papaya Swedish
дынное дерево Russian
карика Russian
папайя Russian
melontræ Danish
papaya Danish
melonowiec właściwy Polish
papaier Catalan
fān mù guā shǔ Chinese
番木瓜属 Chinese
papita Hindi
पपीता Hindi
betik Indonesian
papai Swahili