A. Pyramus de Candolle, 1864
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil,
Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Nicaragua,
Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname
Rich - Mix
Medium - Maximum
Wild Mango, Mamoeiro-Bravo,
Mamãozinho, Yacaratiá Tree, Cheese Tree, Papaya de Monte
Carica spinosa, Aubl.
Carica dodecaphylla, Vell.
Jacaratia costaricensis, I.M.Johnst..
Jacaratia dodecaphylla, A.DC.
Jacaratia dodecaphylla f. longiflora, Chodat.
Jacaratia dodecaphylla var. lucida, Hassl.
Papaya dodecaphylla, Baill.
Papaya spinosa, DC.
dioecious member of the
was given this name by Alphonse Louis Pierre Pyramus de Candolle in 1864. It is found in
the northern half of South America, growing in a well drained rich soil with
some to lots of water and lots of sun. The stem can grow from 80 to
100 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
from ten to 40 metres in height. The flowers are pale green.
The genera name is
most likely from the vermicular Brazilian name for one of the species.
The species name for the spines on the stem.
Useful fact: The
stem is used as a main ingredient in the manufacturing of candy. The
wood is soaked in honey or syrup and is also available in chocolate
bonbons or in flavoured jams with sawdust. The wood is soft and fibrous
and the taste has been compared to chestnuts.