Unknown plant

Wed Jan 17 08:39:58 CST 2001

I would agree with Alina about papaya. I grew up in Singapore and our
seedling papayas usually bore leaves that match the original photo that was
posted (three-lobed). Perhaps cultigens in different countries have
different seedling leaf shapes.

Also, the patchy yellow-green coloration was a common characteristic I
remember on many papaya leaves, as is the curvature and proportions of the
lobes.  Could the Francesco Porcelli, originator of the question, please
describe the whole plant for us? Were there other plants that look like the
papaya plant posted by Abdul Ghafoor?

Bian Tan, Plant Collections Manager
Strybing Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
9th Avenue at Lincoln Way
San Francisco, CA 94122

-----Original Message-----
From: Alina Freire [mailto:alina.freire at MOBOT.ORG]
Sent: Wednesday, January 17, 2001 8:20 AM
Subject: Unknown plant

Dear friends:

A colleague of mine visiting MO, Javier Fernandez-Casas (MA),
tells me that if this plant has a gland at the tip of the petiole, it
does not  belong to Jatropha. Many species of the genus
Cnidoscolus (Euphorbiaceae) have white latex and glandules at the
end of
petiole, but they usually have stinging hairs. We think that the
leave is
an inmature one of Carica papaya.

Best wishes,

Alina Freire Fierro
Research Associate MO/QCNE
Missouri Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63116-0299
E-mail: alina.freire at mobot.org
E-mail: aff at joethejuggler.com
Tel. (314) 577-0822
Fax  (314) 577-0820

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