Vasconcellea chilensis

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Vasconcellea chilensis
Carica chilensis (Planch. ex A. DC.) Solms by Pato Novoa.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Brassicales
Family: Caricaceae
Genus: Vasconcellea
Species: V. chilensis
Binomial name
Vasconcellea chilensis
Planch. ex A. DC. 1864
Synonyms

Carica chilensis (Triana & Planch.) Solms

Vasconcellea chilensis is a species of flowering plant in the Caricaceae family. It is endemic to Chile.[1] The plant has a chromosome count of 2n = 18.

It was previously placed in the genus Carica.

Description[edit]

Monoecious or dioic shrub, deciduous in summer, reaching a size of 1-3 m in height; It has a thick and succulent trunk, the exfoliating bark at the base of adult trees. Leaves very variable in shape, ovate, deltoid, some heart-shaped at the base and divided into 5 angular, membranous lobes; with 3-4 cm petiole. Flowers 5-6 mm long, red on the outside and green on the inside, male flowers are born in small clusters; solitary female flowers. The fruit is ovoid, brownish-green with oval seeds wrapped in mucilage

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