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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 188–189. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Contributor Text: YASIN J. NASIR
Type: Type: “Hortus Cliff. 59 (BM), fide D’Arcy (in Ann. Miss. Bot. Gard. 60:591. 1974).
Distribution: Distribution: Native to C. America. Widely cultivated elsewhere.
Comment/Acknowledgements: There are several varieties of the red and yellow ‘chillies’ grown both for ornamental and edible purposes. The more common ones cultivated in Pakistan are var. grossum (E.) Sendt. (Sweet or Bell pepper), var. cerasiforme Irish (Cherry pepper) with ± globular capsule and var. acuminate Fingerh (Red pepper or lal mirch) with elongated berry. Widely used to add spice to the food or as a vegetable. Also a source of Vitamin c.
Map Location: Baltistan: B-8 cultivated E. Nasir & G.L. Webster 6572 (RAW); C-7 Rawalpindi Dist.: Gordon College, cultivated fruit red, Y. Nasir 6247 (Raw); Khanna, Oct. 1945, R.R. Stewart 16558 (RAW); Dhamyal, 21.11.1939, R.K. Agarwal s.n. (RAW); Rawalpindi, cultivated, R.R. Stewart 17114 (RAW); Kashmir: Poonch, 9.1.1953, A. R. Khan s.n. (RAW); D-8 Lahore Dist.: Shahdara, escape, R.R. Stewart 1537 (RAW).


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Herb up to 1 m tall. Leaves oblong-ovate or broadly so; acute to acuminate. Flowers solitary, dull white, nodding after anthesis.
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