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*Capsicum annuum Linnaeus var. glabriusculum (Dunal) Heiser & Pickersgill. Bird Pepper, Chile Piquin, Chiltepin. Phen: Jan-Dec. Hab: Shell middens, coastal hammocks, arroyos, other dry habitats, dry disturbed areas. Dist: FL, LA, TX south through Mexico and Central America to n. South America.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Taxonomy Comments: This is believed to be the ancestor from which most of our cultivated peppers/chiles have been derived.

Synonymy: = Fl6, FNA, K1, K3, K4, NcTx, WH3, Andrews (1995), De (2003); = Capsicum annuum L. var. aviculare (Dierb.) D'Arcy & Eshbaugh – Bah, D'Arcy & Eshbaugh (1974); = Capsicum annuum L. var. minus (Fingerh.) Shinners – Tx, misapplied; = Capsicum baccatum L. – S, misapplied; < Capsicum annuum L. – Mex

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