Peperomia leridana Trel.
Peperomia monsterifolia Griseb.
Peperomia parmata Trel.
Peperomia scheryi Trel.
Peperomia septuplinervia C.DC.
Peperomia suavis hondurensis Trel.
Peperomia tenebraegaudens Trel.
Peperomia variegata Ruiz & Pav.
Piper maculosum L.
Piper variegatum (Ruiz & Pav.) Pers.
Common Name: Cilantro Peperomia
Cultivated plant in the Boltz Conservatory of Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin
Photograph by: James Steakley
Cilantro peperomia is a usually large, coarse and very succulent perennial plant growing about 20cm tall[
The plants, when fresh, have a strong and distinctive spicy odour, suggestive of ginger[
]. The plant is one of the most celebrated medicinal plants of the Coban region of Guatemala[
]. The leaves are harvested from the wild and sold in local markets for medicinal purposes[
Northern S. America, Panama, West Indies.
Moist or wet forest, epiphytic or sometimes terrestrial, often on limestone at elevations of 1,100 - 1,500 metres[
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Prefers a well-drained, humus-rich soil[
]. Plants succeed in shady positions[
]. Often found as an epiphyte in the wild[
Leaves - a coriander flavour, they are used for seasoning bean dishes[
The very thick leaves are bound on the head to relieve headache[
The plant is one of the most celebrated medicinal plants of the Coban region, and is used in treating a variety of other ailments besides headache[
Plants can be grown as a shade-tolerant ground cover[
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