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Papaya, pawpaw or melon tree (Carica papaya L.): flowering and fruiting tree with flowers and fruit lying on the ground beneath. Etching by G. D. Ehret, 1742, after himself.

  • Ehret, Georg Dionysius, 1708-1770.
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Papaya fruits are eaten fresh or tinned, used as flavouring and used as a source of papain (an antibacterial protein) for tenderizing meat and controlling termites

Physical description

1 print : etching ; platemark 49.3 x 34 cm

Lettering

Papaya mas. Boerh.Ind. ... G. D. Ehret. Delin. ad vivum, sculpsit 1742 in Oct.

Lettering note

Lettering continues: "Hoec planta alta erat quatuordeam pedes, diametri septem unciarum cum prima vice in Europa fructus ferret, et eos quidem maturos, die XXX Januarii Anno MDCCXLII in Horto instructissimo Baronis Petri, qui olim spes erat certa, Jam desiderium ingens est Botanices"

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Wellcome Library no. 18634i

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