Which Peppers Will Cross-Pollinate?

taba(z5b MO)January 1, 2013

Crossability Matrix of Capsicum Species

This table shows the end results possible with various crosses of different pepper species. F
L
O
W
E
R Male Parent
Female Parent
baccatum praetermissum frutescens chinense annuum galapagoense chacoense tovarii pubescens eximium cardenasii

W
H
I
T
E
baccatum HF PF NG NG NG — NG — — — — praetermissum PF HF — IV IV — — — — PF — frutescens NG — HF PF NG — — — — — —
chinense NG NG PF HF PF — NG — — — —
annuum NG IV PF PF HF IV IV — — — — galapagoense NG — — IV NG HF EC — — — — chacoense IV IV — NG NG — HF — — — —

P
U
R
P
L
E tovarii NG I IV EC — — IV HF — NG — pubescens IV IV EC IV — — IV — HF HF NG eximium NG PF NG IV IV — IV NG HF HF HF cardenasii NG IV NG — IV — IV — HF HF HF

NG = F1 hybrids germinate normally
EC = F1 hybrids raised by embryo culture
IV = fruits/seeds set, but F1 seeds inviable
PF = F1 hybrids partially fertile
HF = F1 hybrids highly fertile
— = no data, or perhaps "does not cross" (original publication does not specify)

(Reproduced from Figure 3, Genetic Resources of Capsicum,

International Board for Plant Genetic Resources, 1983 [Crop Genetic Resources Centre, Plant Production and Protection Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations])

Thanks to NorthEast_ChileMan (Paul) for contributing this information.

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