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Schinus polygama

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Schinus polygama
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Anacardiaceae
Genus: Schinus
S. polygama
Binomial name
Schinus polygama

Schinus polygama, the Hardee peppertree[2] or Chilean pepper tree, is a species of plant in the family Anacardiaceae native to Argentina and Chile[3] and naturalized in California.[4]



The species name has been spelled Schinus polygamus, which according to the rules of the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants (article 62.1) is incorrect Latin grammar, and is "to be corrected" to Schinus polygama.[5] This is because botanical tradition uses feminine grammatical gender for the genus name Schinus, as is the classical tradition for most genus names of trees that end in -us,[6] and polygama is an adjective that must take a feminine form (not the masculine form polygamus).[7]


  1. ^ Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) & IUCN SSC Global Tree Specialist Group (2018). "Schinus polygama". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2018: e.T131404681A135697619. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T131404681A135697619.en. Retrieved 24 November 2022.
  2. ^ USDA, NRCS (n.d.). "Schinus polygama". The PLANTS Database (plants.usda.gov). Greensboro, North Carolina: National Plant Data Team. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Schinus polygama". Germplasm Resources Information Network. Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 22 Jul 2015.
  4. ^ "Schinus polygamus (Cav.) Cabrera Hardee peppertree". USDA. PLANTS Profile. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Anacardiaceae Schinus polygama (Cav.) Cabrera", The International Plant Names Index, retrieved 22 July 2015
  6. ^ Turland, N. (2013), The Code Decoded: A user's guide to the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants, vol. Regnum Vegetabile Volume 155, Koeltz Scientific Books, ISBN 978-3-87429-433-1
  7. ^ Stearn, William T. (1992), Botanical Latin: History, grammar, syntax, terminology and vocabulary (4th ed.), David and Charles, ISBN 0-7153-0052-0

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