Piper brasiliense

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Piper brasiliense

Description

Small shrub, to 1 m tall. Stem densely retrorsely pubescent with hairs to 1 mm long. Petiole 0.5-1 cm long, densely pubescent with long hairs, vaginate at base; blade not scabrous, densely glandular-dotted below, (narrowly) elliptic to subobovate, 9.5-16 x 3.5-7.2 cm, apex acute to slightly acuminate, base unequally attached to petiole difference 0-0.2 cm, narrowing to lobed base, lobes shorter than petiole, unequal, longer one subreniform, overlapping petiole, blade glabrous above, densely pubescent with long hairs below including veins; pinnately veined, secondary veins 6-11 per side, originating from throughout primary vein, prominulous above, prominulous below, tertiary veins reticulate. Inflorescence pendent; peduncle 0.3-0.4 (0.8 in fruit) cm long, densely pubescent; spike 1-1.5 cm long, 0.5 cm thick, not apiculate?; floral bracts narrowly sublunulate, sparsely puberulous. Infructescence pendent, 2.5 cm long, ca. 1 cm thick; fruits globose, depressed at apex, densely crisp-pubescent, stigmas 3, recurved, on long, pilose style.

Distribution

Guyana, Republic of: present Southern America:, Colombia (Colombia present); Peru (Peru present); Venezuela (Venezuela present)
Colombia, Venezuela and Guyana, Peru; 4 collections studied (GU: 3).