Piper phytolaccifolium

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Piper phytolaccifolium

Description

Shrub to 1.6 m tall, glabrous. Petiole 0.4-1 cm long, vaginate to middle or to apex; blade membranous, not scabrous, glandular-dotted to densely glandular-dotted, elliptic to ovate, 9-16 x 2.5-7 cm, apex acuminate, base unequally attached to petiole difference 0.2-0.3 cm, acute, glabrous; pinnately veined, secondary veins 4-6 per side, originating from lower 2/3 of primary vein, flat above, prominulous below, tertiary veins reticulate. Inflorescence erect; peduncle 0.4-0.7 cm long; spike 2-4 cm long, not apiculate; floral bracts densely marginally fringed. Infructescence erect to pendent, 0.6 cm thick; fruits globose, 1-1.5 mm in diam., glabrous, with persistent style, stigmas 3, on long style.

Distribution

C America: present French Guiana: present Southern America:, Colombia (Colombia present); Ecuador (Ecuador present); Peru (Peru present); Venezuela (Venezuela present)
C America, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and French Guiana; 3 collections studied (FG: 3).

Notes

The persistent styles on the fruit give the plants a striking appearance.