Our World Tuesday/Unusual Papaya Plant

Papaya plant with purple petioles

I came across this unusual looking papaya plant in my hometown earlier this year. Not the best picture, with that obstruction in front. But I took a shot anyway. I didn’t want to walk down that slippery path (it was during the height of the rainy season) downhill where the house was located and ask permission from the owner to get a better shot. But as you can see from the picture that the fruit is green and looks like a regular papaya. Those purple petioles really stood out. They reminded me of colocasia stalks and the stems of the Malabar Spinach. Same rich colour.

The flowers have a purplish tinge before they open out.

The regular papaya is all green and the flowers are creamy white.

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About Kanak Hagjer

Hello from north-east India! I love to blog about all things floral and foliar and sharing the beauty of my region is what I am most passionate about!
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10 Responses to Our World Tuesday/Unusual Papaya Plant

  1. Arija says:

    What an interesting puzzle. Could you ask the owners perhaps?It could of course be any number of thins to cause this mutation, from selective breeding, fertiliser or pesticide. Hope you can solve this conundrum.

  2. ladyfi says:

    A lovely tree and I do adore papaya!

  3. Carver says:

    That is an unusual and interesting looking tree. Great shots.

  4. Indrani says:

    May be a different breed… what is the botanical term?

  5. i love papaya and made some posts about. but i never saw them hanging on the tree! 🙂

  6. Riet says:

    THat is so interesting. Love your photo.s

  7. i would not know a papaya tree if I saw one. The third picture is just so interesting, it almost looks like an alien plant from another planet!

  8. Anita says:

    Interesting observation. Wonder if the papayas taste any different.

  9. andrea says:

    Hi Kanak, it is not an unusual color for a papaya, it is just a different variety. It is very common here, what you see as green maybe is the hybrid. When we are kids, the purple papaya is what we just see in orchards just volunteers. I have posted it in the past, and it is Grower Jim’s (Garden Adventures) header. We call it ‘morado’ meaning purple. The fruits have slightly redish/purplish color and is nice eaten a bit harder yet. I actually prefer it than the yellow, which i don’t eat because of the smell. It is not caused by some mutation or genetic aberations, as someone suggested.

  10. Your post makes me grateful for the papaya.

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