Small shrub or subshrub, 0.15-1.5 m tall. Stem somewhat yellow-glandular, pilose, hairs to 2 mm long; upper internodes drying finely ridged. Petiole (0.2-)0.3-0.5(-3.5) cm long, pilose; blade glandular-dotted, somewhat scabrous, elliptic, lanceolate-oblong or ovate, (7-)11-21 x (3-)4-11 cm, margin ciliate, apex acute to acuminate, base equal or unequally attached to petiole difference 0.2-0.3 cm, subcordate or obtuse, shorter side cuneate, pilose above, more densely so below; secondary veins 4-7(-9) per side, originating from throughout primary vein, tertiary venation widely reticulate. Inflorescence pendent under leaves; peduncle 1-2 cm long, pilose, glabrescent; spike to 5.5 cm long; floral bracts triangular-subpeltate, marginally fringed. Infructescence pendent; fruits depressed-globose to obovoid, glabrous or papillate at apex, substylose, stigmas 3.
Guianas: present Southern America:, Brazil North (Amazonas present)
The Guianas and Brazil (Amazonas); 41 collections studied (GU: 5; SU: 9; FG: 27).
Piper brownsbergense and P. hirtilimbum are both pubescent with rather long hairs. P. hirtilimbum can be distinguished by the longer (to 2.5 mm) hairs on petioles and blades and the pubescent ovaries and fruits, whereas in P. brownsbergense the hairs on stem and petiole are at most 2 mm long and the ovaries and fruits are glabrous.