Texas
Wildbuds

Capsicum annuum var. glabriusculum

(Cayenne Pepper)

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Capsicum annuum var. glabriusculum, Wildflower Center, Austin, Travis Co. 0193

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Capsicum annuum var. glabriusculum, Wildflower Center, Austin, Travis Co. 0186

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Capsicum annuum var. glabriusculum, Wildflower Center, Austin, Travis Co. 0199

Scientific Name Capsicum annum var. glabriusculum USDA PLANTS Symbol CAANG
Common Name Cayenne Pepper, Chilipiquin, Bird Pepper ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 527045
Family Solanaceae (Nightshade) Encyclopedia of Life Ref. Click Here
Description Habitat: Well-drained, moist areas; Rio Grande Valley, south central Texas and Gulf Coast.
Plant: Perennial shrub usually up to 3 feet tall.
Leaves: Alternate, ovate to lanceolate on petioles; smooth edges; 2-1/2 inches long.
Inflorescence: Small white star-shaped flowers about 1/2-inch diameter, 5 lobes and 5 bluish stamens; from leaf axils.
Bloom Period: Spring to fall.
Fruit: Small red pepper berries, ellipsoidal about 1/3-inch diameter; burning sensation if eaten.
References: "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason.
BONAP Distribution Map


Map Color Key
Texas Status:
Native

Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX

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