Capsicum L.

Capsicum is a complex genus of 10 species, all native in tropical America. Members of Capsicum (mainly cultivars of C. annuum; see Mabberley 2008 and Jäger & al. 2008 for an overview) are cultivated for their edible fruits (peppers) and sometimes occur on dumps.


Andrews J. (1995) Peppers: the domesticated capsicums (new edition).

D’Arcy W.G. & Eshbaugh W.H. (1974) New World peppers (Capsicum-Solanaceae) North of Columbia. A résumé. Baileya 19(3): 93-105.

Eshbaugh W.H. (1980) The taxonomy of Capsicum. Phytologia 47: 153-166.

Heiser C.B. & Pickersgill B. (1969) Names for the cultivated Capsicum species (Solanaceae). Taxon 18: 277-283.

Hunziker A.T. (1950) Estudios sobre Solanaceae: 1. Sinopsis de las especies silvestres de Capsicum de Argentina y Paraguay. Darwiniana 9: 225-247.

Jäger E.J., Ebel F., Hanelt P. & Müller G. (eds.) (2008) Rothmaler Band 5. Exkursionsflora von Deutschland. Krautige Zier- und Nutzpflanzen. Springer Verlag, Berlin: 880 p.

Mabberley D.J. (2008) Mabberley’s plant-book (3th ed.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: XVIII + 1021 p.

Terpo A. (1966) Kritische Revision der wildwachsenden Sorten der Gattung Capsicum L. Feddes Repert. 72: 155-191.

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith