Piper capense L.f.
var. capense

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Piper capense var. capense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bunga Forest, Vumba

Piper capense var. capense

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the Swynnerton Memorial, Chirinda Forest

Piper capense var. capense

Photo: Bart Wursten
John Meikle Forestry Estate, Stapleford

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Common names: Wild pepper (English)
Status: Native
An aromatic evergreen shrub, often straggling,
Notes: The leaves and berries are edible and were once used as a substitute for commercial pepper (Piper nigrum). Two other varieties are known from Zambia and Malawi and from Congo.
Derivation of specific name: capense: of the Cape
Habitat: In the understorey of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 650 - 2250 m
Flowering time:Aug - Mar
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 4 January 2009

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 20 - 21. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 224. (Includes a picture).

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Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 120 - 121. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 67.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 83.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 132 - 133. (Includes a picture).

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 66 - 67. (Includes a picture).

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 2. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 144.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 431 - 432. (Includes a picture).

Other sources of information about Piper capense var. capense:

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Flora of Malawi: Piper capense var. capense
Flora of Mozambique: Piper capense var. capense
Flora of Zambia: Piper capense var. capense

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Piper capense
African Plant Database: Piper capense
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Piper capense
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Piper capense
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Piper capense
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Piper capense
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Piper capense
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Piper capense
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Piper capense
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Piper capense
Ispot Southern Africa: Piper capense
JSTOR Plant Science: Piper capense
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Piper capense
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Piper capense
The Plant List (version 1.1): Piper capense
Tropicos: Piper capense

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Piper capense var. capense.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=119880, retrieved 24 March 2018

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