Do you know the flower buds in the photo above? I’m sure you know papaya fruit, and this is the flower. But actually, this is a hanging papaya flower that is different from papaya plants in general.
Hanging papaya plants are male plants. This type of papaya generally does not bear fruit but sometimes also produces fruit parthenogenesis. This fruit is infertile (does not produce fertile seeds), and is used as traditional medicine. Papaya is a monodioecious (single and two-housed) with three genitals: male, female, and sissy (hermaphrodite) plants.
Unlike most papayas, this hanging papaya flower grows on long stems and is also usually found around the shoots. There are several parts that can be used from hanging papaya plants such as parts of flowers, roots, and leaves as a traditional medicine to cure diseases and also food.
Our friend Alibb doesn’t like papaya for some reason. How about you, do you like it?