|PIPER ADUNCUM. - SPIKED PEPPER.|
False matico, higuillo de hoja, man anesi wiwiri, matico, menuda, spiked pepper.
Piperaceae (Pepper family).
This is a small, flowering tropical tree, erect branches with drooping twigs; indigenous to Suriname. It grows up to 21 feet tall.
Camphor and camphene are the main constituents.
The bright lance-shaped leaves are green and alternate elliptical, 4 - 10 inch long.
The spikes are flexible, 5 - 7 inches long.
The fruit is a one seeded berry; these small seeds are black.
Spiked pepper has a strong flavor, has the same chemical properties as Matico (Piper angustifolium) and is at sight almost identical.
Used as a aromatic bitter stimulant, against gonorrhea, leucorrhea, piles, hemorrhages and dyspepsia.
Locally, in South America, it is used as a styptic and astringent for wounds.
It is also applied to ulcers.
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USDA zone 9 - 11.
Seeds and cuttings.
Full sun / light shade, sandy loam soil, needs high humidity.
Plant in frost free areas.
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