Early evolution of chili peppers (Capsicum)
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- McLeod, M.J., Guttman, S.I. & Eshbaugh, W.H. Econ Bot (1982) 36: 361. doi:10.1007/BF02862689
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An hypothesis is advanced based upon geographical information and data from horizontal starch gel electrophoresis regarding the place and mode of evolution of the chili peppers (Capsicum). The hypothesis suggests a major portion of the genusCapsicum arose in a nuclear area in south central Bolivia with subsequent migration into the Andes and lowland Amazonia accompanied by radiation and speciation.