The mountain papaya (Vasconcellea pubescens) also known as mountain pawpaw, papayuelo, chamburo, or simply "papaya" is a species of the genus Vasconcellea, native to the Andes of northwestern South America from Colombia south to central Chile, typically growing at altitudes of 1,500–3,000 metres (4,900–9,800 ft).

Mountain papaya
Mountain papaya (Vasconcellea pubescens).jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Brassicales
Family: Caricaceae
Genus: Vasconcellea
V. pubescens
Binomial name
Vasconcellea pubescens
  • Carica pubescens Lenné & K.Koch
  • Vasconcellea cundinamarcensis Badillo[1]
  • Carica candamarcensis Hook.f.
  • Carica cestriflora Solms
  • Carica chiriquensis Woodson
  • Carica cundinamarcensis Linden
  • Carica pubescens Solms
  • Papaya cundinamarcencis Kuntze
  • Papaya pubescens (A. DC.) Kuntze
  • Vasconcellea cestriflora A. DC.

It has also been known as Carica pubescens.


Vasconcellea pubescens is an evergreen pachycaul shrub or small tree growing to 10 metres (33 ft) tall.

A ripe mountain papaya, whole and in cross section (Rift Valley Province, Kenya, September 2011).

The fruit is 6–15 cm long and 3–8 cm broad, with five broad longitudinal ribs from base to apex; it is green, maturing yellow to orange. The fruit pulp is edible, similar to papaya, and is usually cooked as a vegetable. It is also eaten raw.

Leaves of Vasconcellea pubescens


Vasconcellea pubescens is one of the parents of the 'Babaco' papaya, a hybrid cultivar widely grown for fruit production in South America, and in subtropical portions of North America.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Vasconcellea pubescens A.DC. — The Plant List".

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