The Papaya family consists of tropical and subtropical low monocot trees and shrubs spread throughout America and Africa.Some of the branches of the plants are thorny. The leaves are simple of the palmate type. The flowers are unisexual or bisexual, gathered in axillary cyme, cluster or brush-like inflorescences. The fruit are large, juicy and berry-shaped.A better known member of the family is the papaya, melon tree (Carica papaya L.) with a popular edible tropical fruit and more than 1,000 varieties.