Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae

Piperaceae - Pepper family

Diniz, M.A. (1997) Piperaceae FZ 9(2)

Description of the family

Small trees, shrubs or herbs. Stipules 0 or, if present, adnate to the petiole. Leaves simple, alternate or whorled; petiole usually ensheathing the jointed stem; lamina entire. Inflorescence usually a dense, leaf-opposed spike. Flowers minute, bisexual or unisexual, each subtended by a peltate bract. Perianth 0. Stamens 2-several. Ovary superior, 1-locular; stigmas 1-5. Fruit a fleshy 1-seeded drupe.

Worldwide: 8 genera and 3000 species, tropical.

Zimbabwe: 2 genera and 8 taxa.

Piper capense

More sample images from the Piperaceae (Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record)

Piper capense var. capense

Piper capense var. capense

Peperomia blanda var. leptostachya

Peperomia blanda var. leptostachya

Peperomia bangroana

Peperomia bangroana

Peperomia tetraphylla

Peperomia tetraphylla

Peperomia retusa

Peperomia retusa

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Peperomia Ruiz & Pav.Description, Image
Piper L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Piperaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Piperaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Piperaceae
Flora of Zambia: Piperaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Piperaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Piperaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=173, retrieved 23 October 2014

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