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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 5/15/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 5/15/2013)
Species Capsicum frutescens L.
PlaceOfPublication Sp. PI. 189. 1753.
Note LECTOTYPE: van Royen s.n. (L, not seen; photo in Taxon 18: 279. 1969).
Description Small shrub, herbaceous or quite woody to 2 m tall, glabrous to pubescent, mostly fine-puberulent. Flowers, above the first node, more than one to a node; pedicels mostly thickening and erect in fruit; calyx cyathiform-to almost tubular, truncate or with small, deltoid umbos, lacking a constriction at the base near the pedicel; the corolla white or greenish, the lobes spreading to recurved; the anthers blue to violet, rarely yellow; the style exserted 1.5 mm or more beyond the anthers. Mature fruit erect, deciduous, soft fleshed, of various shape, mostly red.
Habit Small shrub
Distribution Capsicum frutescens is a widespread species found from the southeastern United States to Argentina and has been introduced to many countries.
Note It is slower to fruit than other species. Herbarium specimens are often indistinguish- able from those of C. annuum.
Specimen BOCAS DEL TORO: Changuinola Valley, Dunlap 178 (US). CANAL ZONE: Moist thicket, Balboa, Standley 25504 (US). Sosa Hill, Balboa, Standley 26493 (US). PANAMA: Along Corozal Road near Panama6, Standley 26862 (US). Between Matias Hernandez and Juan Diaz, Standley 32004 (US).
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