Piper salicifolium

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Piper salicifolium

Description

Shrub. Stem retrorsely villous. Petiole ca. 0.5 cm long, villous; blade somewhat scabrous above, conspicuously dark-glandular-dotted below, narrowly elliptic or narrowly ovate, 5-7.5 x 1-1.5 cm, margin ciliate, apex long-acuminate, base equal, obtuse or subacute, densely villous below; pinnately veined, secondary veins ca. 5 per side, originating from lower 1/2 of primary vein, tertiary veins more or less parallel, prominulous below. Inflorescence: peduncle ca. 1 cm long; spike ca. 4 cm long, 0.3 cm thick; floral bracts densely marginally fringed; ovary and fruit too young to describe accurately.

Distribution

Suriname, Republic of: present
Known only from the type collection from Suriname.

Notes

There is still no recent material that could be identified as Piper salicifolium. It differs from the other narrow-leaved species in having somewhat scabrous leaf blades that are densely villous below. The leaves has few secondary veins that originate from the lower half of the primary vein.