Cubeba clusii Miq.
Piper clusii (Miq.) C.DC.
Piper famechonii C.DC.
Piper laurentii De Wild.
Piper leonense C.DC.
Common Name: Ashanti Pepper
Plant climbing up a tree trunk
Photograph by: Scamperdale
Ashanti pepper is an evergreen climbing shrub producing woody stems from 4 - 20 metres tall. The plant supports itself on other plants by means of adventitious roots which are produced along the stems[
The plant is a popular spice in Africa, where it is often harvested from the wild, semi-cultivated and sometimes also cultivated for use both as a spice and also as a medicine. It is sold in local markets[
]. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental, often indoors in cooler climates[
Tropical Africa - Senegal to southern Sudan, south to DR Congo, Zambia and Tanzania.
Evergreen rain-forest, forest edges, usually in wet places, gallery forest along rocky rivers; at elevations of 750 - 1,650 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Semi-cultivated, Wild
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.
Fruits - used fresh and dried as a spice[
]. Milder than true pepper (Piper nigrum), it is used for flavouring soups, rice and other foods[
]. The dried fruits can be stored for more than a year[
Leaves - used fresh and dried as a spice[
]. They are sometimes chewed with betel nut (Areca catechu) as a substitute for Piper betle[
Ash from the burnt plant is used as a salt substitute[
The fruits and leaves are used fresh and dried as components of medicinal preparations[
The roots are chewed and the juice swallowed as an aphrodisiac[
The roots are used as chew sticks for cleaning the teeth[
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