Contractions. - Caps. Cap.
Capsicum annuum. Nat. ord., Solanaceae.
Synonym. - Piper Indicum vulgatissimum.
Fig. - Flora Horn., pl. 16.
Capsicum. For. names: German, Spanisher Pfeffer; French, Poivre d'Inde, Poivre d'Espagne; Italian, Pepe di Guinea, Peperone; Spanish, Pimentero annua, Pi-miento da Indias.
Habitat. - East and West Indies and South America.
Parts employed. - The dry capsules and seeds, as imported.
Characters. - Flattened pods from 2 to 3 inches long, more or less shrivelled, smooth, shining, varying in colour from a light reddish-brown to a dark brown; usually with the calyx and stalk attached; with 2 or 3 cells containing dry, loose pulp, and numerous flat, kidney-shaped, buff-coloured seeds.
N.B. - Care must be taken to avoid confusion of the above with the smaller pods sold under the same name, and as Chillies - a name applied to two or three species.
Preparation. - Tincture, using rectified spirit.
Reference to Horn. Proving. - R. A. M. L., vi.
Proper forms for dispensing. - φ and upwards, Tincture, Pilules, or Globules.