Common name: Papaya
Malay name: Betik
Scientific name: Carica papaya L.
Conservation status: Cultivated, Naturalised, Introduced (tropical Americas)
A tree-like herb that grows straight and usually have no branches. Leaves are clustered towards the top of plant. Leaves are lobed, smooth and with toothed margin. Flowers are whitish, have five petals. Fruits are oblong, yellow to greenish-orange in colour.
Habit: Perennial herbaceous plant
Cultivation: It is planted by seeds
Ecological function: The flowers attract pollinators. Its fruit is food for birds. This tree is suitable for tropical agroforestry systems
Pollinator: Bees, moths, wind
Soil: Organic soils
Moisture: Well-drained soils
Shade: No shade
Use: The unripe fruit is made into pickles while the ripe fruits are eaten raw or made into dessert.