Document Type : Short communication


1 Maharaja Agrasen Hospital, New Delhi, India

2 Mahajan Imaging Center, Defence Colony, New Delhi, India


Vivipary is not a rare finding in papaya fruit. However, this short communication describes the unusual germination of seedling within intra-ovarian ovary. The seedling is attached at two ends of the immature ovary: by radicle at one end, and by elongated tubular structure at the other end. The tubular structure, probably a hypocotyl, mimics an umbilical cord connecting the growing fetus with that of placenta in human embryonic development.


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