Piper rudgeanum

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Piper rudgeanum

Description

Shrub. Stem glabrous, glandular. Petiole 0.3-2 cm long, vaginate to apex; blade not scabrous, densely glandular-dotted on both surfaces, narrowly ovate or lance-elliptic, 9-13 x 2-4 cm, apex acuminate, base almost equal, acute to cuneate, glabrous; pinnately veined, secondary veins 7-10 per side, originating from throughout primary vein, flat above, flat below, marginally loop-connected, tertiary venation reticulate. Inflorescence pendent; peduncle rather stout, 0.5-0.7 cm long, glabrous; spike 1 cm long, not apiculate; floral bracts pilose on inner side and at base. Infructescence recurved, 1 cm long, 0.3 cm thick; fruits ovoid, 2 mm in diam., glabrous, with persistent short style, stigmas 3-4 recurved on short, persistent style.

Distribution

Suriname, Republic of: present
Only known from the type collection from Suriname.

Notes

Yuncker mentioned the type collection in the Flora of Suriname. No further collections have been reported since.
Piper rudgeanum resembles P. nigrispicum in most vegetative characters, although the type shows more secondary veins. See also note to P. nigrispicum.