Piper betle

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Piper betle



No collections have been reported. It is certainly known and used in the Guianas.


Cultivated in the Indomalesian region (widely cultivated already since at least Hobhinian culture 8000-3000 years ago). In Suriname crushed leaves are used to stop nose bleeding. Other medicinal uses as known from India have not been reported (Raghoenandan, Internal report BBS, on medicinal uses of plants by East Indian people in Suriname).
Fresh leaves made up into a packet or plug containing betel nuts (Areca catechu) and slaked lime provide a masticatory.