Piper salicifolium

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Piper salicifolium


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.


Suriname present
Known only from the type collection from Suriname.


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.