Peninsular Florida, the West Indies, southern Mexico, Central America and South America; widely cultivated and naturalized.
Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida
IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status:
SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence:
SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status:
SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status:
Long considered non-native to Florida, prehistoric papaya seeds were recently discovered at a Calusa site near Fort Myers. For more infomation about papaya and its nativity in Florida, see Dan Ward's 2011 article
in The Palmetto: 28-1, provided courtesy of the Florida Native Plant Society