[NAFEX] Pawpaws are not dioecious/ yes they are and here's why

Ron Powell, PhD Botrytis at fuse.net
Wed Aug 17 10:53:19 EDT 2011


NAFEX List,

The NAPGA and the OPGA now refer to Asimina triloba as the North American 
pawpaw to distinguish it from the papaya, commonly known as the "pawpaw."

Ron


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michele Stanton" <6ducks at gmail.com>
To: "'North American Fruit Explorers'" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 7:37 AM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Pawpaws are not dioecious/ yes they are and here's why


> The pawpaw dioecious thing---  here is where common names make such 
> messes.
> The papaya, Papaya carica to be specific, is known in many places as a
> pawpaw.  This plant is dioecious. If you google pawpaw many of the sites 
> you
> pull up will be talking about this plant, which is actually an herbaceous
> perennial.
>
> Asimina triloba, referred to in the Midwest as a pawpaw, has flowers that
> are perfect--although it does require cross pollination.
>
> Michele in SW Ohio
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
> [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of mIEKAL aND
> Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 11:22 PM
> To: North American Fruit Explorers
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Pawpaws are not dioecious.
>
> This is what I get for trusting what I read on the internet, countless
> sites list pawpaw as dioecious.  C'est la vie.
>
> All of my pawpaws are from the same seedling stock that I got from
> John Gordon called PA Golden.  So you are suggesting that since I get
> fruit that my seedlings are not all from the same parent?
>
> ~mIEKAL
>
>
>
> On Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 10:13 PM,  <Jwlehman at aol.com> wrote:
>> In a message dated 8/16/2011 10:41:44 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
>> qazingulaza at gmail.com writes:
>>
>>> I'm by no means a pawpaw expert, but my understanding is that
>>> they are dioescious, meaning the male &female flowers are on separate
>>> trees.
>>
>> Hello ~mIEKAL,
>>
>> Pawpaws are not dioecious Each flower has male and female parts. However
> in
>> each flower the anthers release pollen after the receptive period of the
>> stigma is completed. Also generally the egg and pollen on the same tree
> are
>> not compatible. Two genetically different trees are needed for successful
>> pollination.
>>
>> Jerry
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