Monday, February 2, 2009

Freak papaya from Borneo

This my second series on nature's freak. The first one was about a Branched coconut tree. Below is a photo of a freak papaya which bear 3 papaya fruits on a single stem. A triplet papaya.

Above: While branched papaya tree is common, branched papaya fruit is rare.

How a normal papaya tree look like.

The papaya (from Carib via Spanish), is the fruit of the plant Carica papaya, in the genus Carica. It is native to the tropics of the Americas, and was cultivated in Mexico several centuries before the emergence of the Mesoamerican classic cultures. It is sometimes called a "big melon" or a "paw paw" but the North American pawpaw is a different species, in the genus Asimina.

Location of photo subject: My house backyard at Kuching.

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