Piper insipiens

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Piper insipiens

Description

Shrub, subshrub or treelet, may be somewhat scandent, to 2 m tall. Stem, petiole and peduncle and even primary vein below maybe reddish (brown), or yellowish, glabrous. Stipules may be persistent, ca. 2 cm long, glabrous. Petiole 0.3-2.5 cm long, vaginate to apex; blade fleshy, drying membranous, discolorous often drying yellowish, conspicuously dark-glandular-dotted, elliptic, ovate, elliptic-oblong or rhombic, 13-23 x 4-8.5 cm, apex (long-)acuminate, base equal or unequally attached to petiole difference up to 0.5 cm, acute, cuneate or obtusish, glabrous above, glabrous often minutely crisp-pubescent below especially on veins; pinnately veined, secondary veins 4-6 per side, originating from lower 1/2 or 2/3 of primary vein, plane above, prominulous to prominent below, tertiary veins widely reticulate, areoles almost rectangular. Inflorescence erect; peduncle slender, 1-3.5 cm long; spike 7-13 cm long, white, yellowish or greyish-green, apiculate; rachis papillose; floral bracts triangular, densely marginally fringed. Infructescence green, erect or pendent; fruits trigonous, glabrous, yellowish to green, stigmas 3, short, sessile.

Distribution

Guianas: present
The Guianas; ca. 85 collections studied (GU: 35; SU: 1; FG: 48).