Carica leptantha Harms
Carica paniculata Spruce
Carica parviflora (A.DC.) Solms
Papaya paniculata (Spruce) Kuntze
Papaya parviflora (A.DC.) Kuntze
Vasconcellea parviflora is a deciduous shrub growing 50 - 200cm tall[
The edible fruit is harvested from the wild for local use.
S. America - Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador.
Dry to very dry environments on the Pacific slopes of the Andes at elevations from sea level to 1,800 metres.
A plant of the tropics, where it is found at elevations from sea level to over 2,000 metres.
Prefers a sunny position in a well-drained soil[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.
Fruit - raw[
]. Said to have the fragrance and flavour of a mombin (Spondias spp.)[
]. The fruit is the size of a small melon with a taste somewhat similar, but to improve it longitudinal incisions must be made in it some days before eating so that the milky sap, which is somewhat bitter, may drain away[
]. The orange fruit is about 20 - 30mm long and 10 - 15mm wide.
Seed - sow in individual containers or in a nursery seedbed in light shade. Germination can be slow and difficult, taking about 30 days[
]. Seedlings can be planted out when 4 - 6 months old[
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