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Useful Tropical Plants

Capsicum chacoense

Hunz.

Solanaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Capsicum chacoense
Fruiting branches of the cultivar 'Sparky'
Photograph by: Mark Rowland
© Mark Rowland. This photo is subject to strict copyright and should not be used without the permission of the author.
Capsicum chacoense Capsicum chacoense

General Information

Capsicum chacoense is a small, evergreen shrub growing about 1 metre tall. The plant branches evenly, forming a small to medium-sized shrub in most cases.
A wild ancestor of the cultivated chillies, it is sometimes harvested from the wild for its fruit and very occasionally cultivated in gardens.

Known Hazards

Although providing many well-known foods for people, including the potato, tomato, pepper and aubergine, most plants in the family Solanaceae also contain poisonous alkaloids. Unless there are specific entries with information on edible uses, it would be unwise to ingest any part of this plant[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

A plant of low to moderate elevations in the subtropics and tropics.

Plants tend to crop heavily each season and in warm areas can easily keep producing for four or five years.

Edible Uses

Fruit - cooked[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. The hot, pungent fruits are used as a condiment[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. The fruit grows to be around 3cm in length when fully ripe, and is bright red in colour, with a roundish/triangular shape.

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - sow in a seedbed or in containers[
300
Title
Vegetables in the Tropics
Publication
 
Author
Tindall. H. D.
Publisher
MacMillan, Oxford.
Year
1983
ISBN
0-333-24268-8
Description
An excellent, in-depth look at the main vegetable crops that can be grown in the Tropics, plus many less well-known plants.
]. The seed usually germinates in 3 - 4 weeks at 20°c. Plant out into permanent positions when about 8 - 10cm tall[
300
Title
Vegetables in the Tropics
Publication
 
Author
Tindall. H. D.
Publisher
MacMillan, Oxford.
Year
1983
ISBN
0-333-24268-8
Description
An excellent, in-depth look at the main vegetable crops that can be grown in the Tropics, plus many less well-known plants.
].
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