Piper humistratum

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Piper humistratum


Creeping herb or subshrub to 0.35 m tall. Stem villous often with white hairs. Petiole 1-2(-5.5) cm long, villous; blade discolourous, not scabrous, not conspicuously glandular-dotted, elliptic to broadly elliptic, 9-15(-18) x 5-7(-8.5) cm, apex obtuse or acutish, base unequally attached to petiole difference 0.2-0.5 cm, obliquely rounded, glabrous above, veins brown-villous below; pinnately veined, secondary veins 3-5 per side, originating from lower 3/4 or more of primary vein, anastomosing, impressed above, prominent below like tertiary veins, those loosely reticulate. Inflorescence erect; peduncle 1.5-2.5 cm long, villous; spike 2-4 cm long, green or yellow or "rosish", not apiculate; floral bracts glabrous, slightly cucullate. Infructescence occasionally pendent; fruits oblongoid, sunken, glabrous, stigmas 4, sessile.


Guianas present, Southern America: Brazil North (Amapá present), Terr. Roraima present
The Guianas and Brazil (Terr. Roraima, Amapá); 51 collections studied (GU: 1; SU: 12; FG: 38).

Common Name

English (French Guiana): zaõ saapatu


I agree with Steyermark and Howard (in ) that Quebitea guianensis, nicely depicted in Aublet, belongs to Piper humistratum.