Capsicum frutescens

Capsicum frutescens

(Birdseye Chili, Red Pepper)

FAMILY

Solanaceae

Species

Capsicum frutescens

Common name(s)

Birdseye chili, Red pepper (often a weed)

Flower colour; life form

Flowers white; shrub to 1.5 m tall

Distinguishing features

Leaves alternate, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 4-12 cm long. Flowers arise in groups at the nodes, petals whitish, stamens form a cone in centre of flower. Berries cone-shaped, red to orange-red at maturity 1.5-3.5 cm long. Seeds pale-coloured. Fruits pungent, bird dispersed. Numerous cultivars and varieties.

Scan of Capsicum frutescens