Monday, March 1, 2010


Carica papaya at the McMillan Greenhouse, UNCC

Look at the length of those petioles!  And how interesting that the fruit hugs the stem of the plant.  That's because papaya flowers bloom along the stem in the leaf axils.  As the fruits mature, the leaves are shed and there you are - lots of juicy papayas below, young and beautiful leaves reaching for the sun above.  Papaya is native to Central America but manages to put on a nice show under glass.