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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Brassicales
Family: Caricaceae
Genus: Horovitzia
H. cnidoscoloides
Binomial name
Horovitzia cnidoscoloides
(Lorence & R.Torres) V.M.Badillo

Carica cnidoscoloides Lorence & R.Torres

Horovitzia cnidoscoloides is a plant species in the family Caricaceae, endemic to the cloud forest of Sierra de Juarez in Oaxaca, Mexico at elevations of 800 to 1600 meters.[1] It is the only species in the genus Horovitzia. The type species was collected in Sonora Mexico in Chihuahua, Guasarema, Rio Mayo, 10 August 1936.


Small evergreen dioecious tree 0.5–4 meters tall, with subcapitate stigma, and stinging hairs covering the entire plant. Male flowers have a 3-10 cm long peduncle. Fruits are 6-15 cm long, green when mature, pendulous, ellipsoid with strong ridges. The plant has a chromosome count of 2n = 16.[2]


  1. ^ Carvalho, Fernanda; Renner, Susanne (2013-11-19). "Correct names for some of the closest relatives of Carica papaya: A review of the Mexican/Guatemalan genera Jarilla and Horovitzia". PhytoKeys. Pensoft Publishers. 29: 63–74. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.29.6103. ISSN 1314-2003. PMC 3881347.
  2. ^ Rockinger, Alexander; Sousa, Aretuza; Carvalho, Fernanda A.; Renner, Susanne S. (2016-05-27). "Chromosome number reduction in the sister clade of Carica papaya with concomitant genome size doubling". American Journal of Botany. Wiley. 103 (6): 1082–1088. doi:10.3732/ajb.1600134. ISSN 0002-9122.

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