how to identify plant

scotty66(8 Hutto TX)February 2, 2012

I have a question on how to list/package my seeds for the "Pick-A-Peck of Peppers Swap". Last year I was at a local nursery (Austin, tx) and asked if they had any "chili pequin" plants. They sold me a beautiful plant in a hanging basket that was full of flowers (there was no identifying tag on the plant).

Wikipedia link for Chiltepin:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiltepin

Wikipedia link for Pequin:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pequin_pepper

The tiny peppers had a nice kick and were very flavorful. The heat is around habanero intensity but doesn't last long and as you can see from the picture below the fruit are round and not oval. I now think the plant I bought was a chiltepin and not a pequin. It is an awesome plant and I have seeds I would like to use in the swap, but I'm not sure how to label them.

The plant:

The fruit:

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bjs33(NM 6)

Tepins are more rounded and pequins are pointed. However, I have seen the names interchanged often, especially in Texas.

Those are tepins in your photo. Tepins are sometimes perfectly round or sometimes peanut shaped, never pointed.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 10:25PM
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willardb3

Tepins, also called Texas Bird Pepper.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2012 at 8:45AM
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scotty66(8 Hutto TX)

I have numerous seeds from my Chiltepine and just finished browsing some articles on how to sprout/grow them...

I wanted to see some seeds germinate before sending them off for the seed exchange. Sounds a little daunting from the article below.

Here is a link that might be useful: ChiliCult.com - Chiltepine germination

    Bookmark   February 6, 2012 at 6:54PM
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