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The word "pepper" refers to a range of unrelated plants, including Piper (black pepper) and pimenta, but it is usually used to refer to Capsicum of the Solanaceae family.

Solanacaea also include tomatoes, potatoes, and nightshades. Note the similarity of their leaves, fruit, and/or flowers.

Capsicum include approximately 5-6 wild species, most of which have cultivars that are grown for their fruit. However, most chili pepper cultivars are C.Annuum cultivars - this includes most of the sweet peppers and a lot of the spicy varieties such as jalapeno and serrano.

Here is an example plant with many fruit: (C.Annuum cultivar 'Gypsy' - a heat tolerant small yellow bell pepper)

C.Annuum cultivar 'Gypsy'

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