First, a disclaimer: the characteristics described below are generalizations – there are always exceptions; hence, they must be taken in connection with other identifying traits. The more distinguishing characteristics are highlighted. Also, I am focusing here on the five main species of the Capsicum genus; there are many others, though not as common/popular.
|C. annuum||C. baccatum||C. chinense||C. frutescens||C. pubescens|
|Pedicels (flower stems) at each node:||solitary (occasionally in clusters)||solitary||two or more (occasionally solitary)||solitary (occasionally in clusters)||solitary|
|Pedicels (flower stems) during blossoming:||usually declining||erect or declining||erect or declining||erect but flowers nodding||erect but flowers nodding|
|Corolla (petal) color:||milky/creamy-white (occasionally purple), without spots||white or greenish-white, with distinctive scattered dark green, brown or yellow spots at base||greenish-white (occasionally milky/creamy-white or purple), without spots||greenish-white, without spots||purple (occasionally with white margins and/or white base), without spots|
|Corolla (petal) shape:||usually straight||usually slightly rolled backward at the edge||usually straight||often slightly rolled backward at the edge||usually straight|
|Anther (pollen sack) color:||purple and white||yellow or tan||purple||purple||purple and white|