|PIPER ADUNCUM. - SPIKED PEPPER.|
Spiked pepper, higuillo de hoja, menuda, man anesi wiwiri, false matico.
Piperaceae (Pepper family).
This is a small tropical tree, erect branches with drooping twigs, indigenous to Suriname; it grows up to 21 feet tall.
The leaves are alternate elleptiptical, 4 - 10 inch long.
The spikes are flexible, 5 - 7 inches long.
The fruit is a one seeded berry; the small seeds are black.
Spiked pepper has the same chemical properties as Matico (Piper angustifolium).
Used as a aromatic stimulant, against gonorrhea, leucorrhea, piles, hemorrhages and dyspepsia.
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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