Letter | Published:

Incipient Diœcy in Pimento

Naturevolume 192pages12051206 (1961) | Download Citation



Pimenta dioica (Linn.) Merrill, known as allspice or pimento, is an important Jamaican crop and the island is the world's chief supplier. Unfortunately, improvement of the crop is hindered by a characteristic type of unfruitfulness among certain trees. The problem has long been recognized and was mentioned by P. Browne1 in 1755.

Access optionsAccess options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.


  1. 1

    Browne Patrick, The Civil and Natural History of Jamaica, 247 (1775).

  2. 2

    Merrill, E. D., Contrib. Gray Herb., 165, 30 (1947).

  3. 3

    Grisebach, A. M. R., Flora of the West Indian Islands, 240 (1864).

  4. 4

    Ward, J. F., Pimento, Min. Agric. and Lands (Jamaica) Pub. (1961).

  5. 5

    Darwin, C., The Forms of Flowers, Chap. 8, 281 (1877).

Download references

Author information


  1. Botany Department, University College of The West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica

    • G. P. CHAPMAN
  2. Crop Agronomy Division, Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, Jamaica

    • S. K. GLASGOW


  1. Search for G. P. CHAPMAN in:

  2. Search for S. K. GLASGOW in:

About this article

Publication history

Issue Date




By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.