Piper remotinervium

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Piper remotinervium


Shrub or treelet, to 1-3.5 m tall. Stem and branches sparsely to densely pubescent. Petiole 1.5-2 cm long, densely pubescent; blade somewhat scabrous when dried, not conspicuously glandular-dotted, broadly ovate or ovate, 17-30 x 10-17 cm, apex acuminate, base equal or unequally attached to petiole difference 0-0.3(-0.7) cm, subcordate or obtusish, pubescent on both surfaces, veins more densely so; pinnately veined, secondary veins 5-7 per side, originating from lower 1/2 of primary vein, prominent below, tertiary venation widely reticulate, veinlets almost transverse. Inflorescence erect or horizontally oriented; peduncle 1.5-2 cm long, pubescent; spike 10-20 cm long, creamish white to green, hardly apiculate; floral bracts densely marginally fringed. Fruits trigonous, somewhat exserted when mature, hirsute, stigmas sessile.


French Guiana present, Southern America: Brazil North (ParĂ¡ present)
French Guiana and Brazil (ParĂ¡); 20 collections studied (FG: 34).


The specimens here assigned to Piper remotinervium previously had erroneously been identified as P. tectoniifolium (Kunth) Steud. The latter species, however, is endemic to the Atlantic forests of Brazil. It grows in open non-flooded areas or forest margins.