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Useful Tropical Plants

Piper auritum

Kunth

Piperaceae

+ Synonyms

Artanthe aurita (Kunth) Miq.

Artanthe seemanniana Miq.

Piper alstonii Trel.

Piper auritilaminum Trel.

Piper auritilimbum Trel.

Piper heraldi Trel.

Piper perlongipes Trel.

Schilleria aurita (Kunth) Kunth

Common Name: Hoja de Santa Maria

Piper auritum
Flowering plant
Photograph by: Forest and Kim Starr
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Piper auritum Piper auritum Piper auritum

General Information

Hoja de Santa Maria is a large, coarse, somewhat succulent, sparsely branched perennial plant growing around 2 metres tall[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
]. Rarely, the plant becomes woody below and more tree-like in habit, growing up to 6 metres tall.
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for its leaves, which are used as a flavouring in foods.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
,
925
Title
Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History). Vol. 20 Part 2
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
The British Museum; London.
Year
1990
ISBN
0-565-08027-X
Description
A botanical journal, amongst other articles, it contains a revision of the genus Piper (section Churumayu).

Range

Western S. America, north to Mexico.

Habitat

Moist or wet thickets or forest, often in second growth, at elevations up to 1,800 metres, but usually below 900 metres[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
]. Often forms dense thickets in abandoned land, partly on account of the great abundance of seeds produced[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height2.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



When crushed, the stems and leaves emit a strong smell of aniseed[
925
Title
Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History). Vol. 20 Part 2
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
The British Museum; London.
Year
1990
ISBN
0-565-08027-X
Description
A botanical journal, amongst other articles, it contains a revision of the genus Piper (section Churumayu).
].

Edible Uses

Young leaves - occasionally cooked and eaten as greens[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. The leaves become limp as soon as they are picked[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].
The leaves have the flavour and aroma of sarsaparilla[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. They are used as a flavouring in soups and other dishes[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. The leaves are wrapped around tamale dough before it is packed in corn leaves and steamed[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
,
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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