Capsicum frutescens is a species belonging to the genus Capsicum and is mainly represented by the varieties Tabasco and Malagueta. Its plants considered bushy and can reach a height ranging from 900 millimeters to 2 meters.
White flowers, generally one per knot, carry the fruits from this species. They are green in their unripe stage and mostly red when riped (some varieties can ripe with other colors).
The species is a popular source for many pungent varieties, usually cultivated in regions of the Central and South America. This species has several different varieties, each one also receiving many different names. The most commonly known varieties of this species are: