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A drip-tip on the leaf of a Papaya tree.  //  Papaya (also - Pawpaw, Papaw) Caricaceae: Carica papaya). Height to 10m, leaves palmate, trees dioecious with the large female flowers set in the leaf axil, and the small male flowers hang in clusters from long stalks on a separate tree. Occasionally trees may be bisexual. Drip-tips channel rain to the outer reaches of the canopy and ensure rain water drops to the periphery of the root zone, allowing more efficient uptake of nutrients. Papayas originate in the tropics of central America and are now cultivated world-wide in tropical areas.  Commonly the flesh is yellow, but an orange variety also occurs.  //