Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Piperales

Piperaceae - Pepper family

Diniz, M.A. (1997) Piperaceae Flora Zambesiaca 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 var. capense

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

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

Other sources of information about Piperaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Piperaceae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Piperaceae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Piperaceae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Piperaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Piperaceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Piperaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Piperaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Piperaceae
Wikipedia: Piperaceae
Plants of the World Online: Piperaceae
Tropicos: Piperaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Piperaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=173, retrieved 20 May 2024

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