Vasconcellea

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Vasconcellea
Vasconcellea monoica BotGardBln1105FruitsHabitus.JPG
Vasconcellea monoica with immature fruit
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Brassicales
Family: Caricaceae
Genus: Vasconcellea
A.St.-Hil.
Species

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Vasconcellea is a genus 20 or 21 species of flowering plants in the family Caricaceae. Most were formerly treated in the genus Carica, but have been split out on genetic evidence. The genus name has also been spelled "Vasconcella".

They are evergreen pachycaul shrubs or small trees growing to 5 m tall, native to tropical South America. Many have edible fruit similar to papaya, and some are widely cultivated in South America.

Species
Hybrids
  • Vasconcellea × heilbornii (babaco)

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