Carica L.

First published in Sp. Pl.: 1036 (1753)
This genus is accepted
The native range of this genus is S. Mexico to Venezuela and Peru.


Native to:

Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Nicaragua, Panamá, Peru, Venezuela

Introduced into:

Andaman Is., Angola, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Ascension, Assam, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Benin, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Caroline Is., Cayman Is., Central African Republic, Chad, Chagos Archipelago, China Southeast, Christmas I., Cocos (Keeling) Is., Comoros, Cook Is., Cuba, Dominican Republic, East Himalaya, Ecuador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Florida, French Guiana, Gabon, Galápagos, Gambia, Gilbert Is., Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Guyana, Haiti, Hawaii, India, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Laccadive Is., Leeward Is., Line Is., Marcus I., Marianas, Marquesas, Marshall Is., Mauritius, Mexico Central, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mozambique Channel Is., Nauru, New Caledonia, Nicobar Is., Niue, Ogasawara-shoto, Oman, Paraguay, Phoenix Is., Puerto Rico, Rodrigues, Rwanda, Réunion, Samoa, Santa Cruz Is., Senegal, Seychelles, Society Is., Solomon Is., South China Sea, Southwest Caribbean, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Thailand, Tokelau-Manihiki, Tonga, Trinidad-Tobago, Tuamotu, Turks-Caicos Is., Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Venezuelan Antilles, Vietnam, Wake I., West Himalaya, Western Australia, Windward Is., Zaïre


Heterotypic Synonyms

Accepted Species


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POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 1, (1993) Author: by M. Thulin [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Nov 25, 2005 Ortuno, T. [274] Bolivia K000325059 No
Jul 9, 1968 Ecuador K000500504 Type Yes
Jul 9, 1968 Ecuador K000500503 Type Yes
Plowman, T. [5462] Ecuador K:SPC-44889.000 No
K:SPC-27308.000 No
K:SPC-65751.000 No


  • Flora of Somalia

    • Flora of Somalia
  • Flora of the Cayman Islands

    • Flora of the Cayman Islands
  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

    • 'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.
  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at and
    • © Copyright 2023 World Checklist of Vascular Plants.
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at and
    • © Copyright 2023 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants.
  • Neotropikey

    • Milliken, W., Klitgard, B. and Baracat, A. (2009 onwards), Neotropikey - Interactive key and information resources for flowering plants of the Neotropics.