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Nomenclature of the mountain papaya cultivated in Chile

Mélica Muñoz S.1

Carica pubescens Lenné et Koch is the legitimate binomial for the mountain papaya, a fruit species native to South America that is cultivated in Chile and other Latin American countries. A historical analysis of the nomenclature is presented and a complete description of the species is given.

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1 Sección Botánica, Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, Casilla 787, Santiago, Chile.

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