Economic Botany

, Volume 36, Issue 4, pp 361–368

Early evolution of chili peppers (Capsicum)


  • M. J. McLeod
    • Department of ZoologyMiami University
  • Sheldon I. Guttman
    • Department of ZoologyMiami University
  • W. Hardy Eshbaugh
    • Department of BotanyMiami University

DOI: 10.1007/BF02862689

Cite this article as:
McLeod, M.J., Guttman, S.I. & Eshbaugh, W.H. Econ Bot (1982) 36: 361. doi:10.1007/BF02862689


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.

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