Capsicum annuum var. glabriusculum [Solanaceae]

Click on the images below to see larger versions.

Scientific Name Capiscum annum var. glabriusculum USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Cayenne Pepper, Chilitepin, Bird Pepper ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Solanaceae (Nightshade) Encyclopedia of Life Reference
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

Texas Status:

© Tom Lebsack 2021