Carica papaya L. 

Family : Caricaceae

Local name : Amita, Madhu-phal (As.); Mithru (Bd.).

Fast-growing herbaceous shrubs with week succulent trunk; trunk greyish, marked with fallen leaf scars; leaves large, with long petioles, alternate, glabrous beneath, forming a crown at the submit; flowers dioecious but occasionally monoecious, greenish-white, subsessile or in long pedant panicles; fruits spherical, pyriform, yellow-orange when ripe; seeds brownish-black.

Distribution : Cultivated throughout the state.

Uses :  Latex used in peptic ulcer, liver disorders, ringworm spleen enlargement and as abortifacient.


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A Database of Medicinal Plants of Assam