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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