Economic Botany

, Volume 36, Issue 4, pp 361–368 | Cite as

Early evolution of chili peppers (Capsicum)

  • M. J. McLeod
  • Sheldon I. Guttman
  • W. Hardy Eshbaugh


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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© New York Botanical Garden 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. J. McLeod
    • 1
  • Sheldon I. Guttman
    • 1
  • W. Hardy Eshbaugh
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyMiami UniversityOxford
  2. 2.Department of BotanyMiami UniversityOxford

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