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Chavica hainana C.DC.
Chavica sarmentosa (Roxb.) Miq.
Piper albispicum C.DC.
Piper brevicaule C.DC.
Piper gymnostachyum C.DC.
Piper lolot C.DC.
Piper pierrei C.DC.
Piper saigonense C.DC.
Common Name: Wild Pepper
Wild pepper is an evergreen shrub with stems up to 10 metres long that mainly creep along the ground[
The is gathered from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.
E. Asia - China. India, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines.
Forests or wet places near villages from near sea level to 1,000 metres[
]. Edges of semi-evergreen type forests at or near sea level in the Andamans[
The plant can be invasive, so needs to be given space to roam - it does well as an understorey plant in a woodland[
The stems can be up to 10 metres long, though they tend to creep along the ground[
A dioecious plant, both male and female forms need to be grown if seed is required[
Leaves - raw or cooked[
]. A nice peppery flavour, it is delicious chopped up into salads[
]. The leaves can also be added to curries, or blanched and used as a potherb[
]. Larger leaves can be up to 10cm across, and these can be lightly steamed and then used as wraps for vegetables etc[
The dried infructescence is occasionally used as a spice[
The whole plant is anodyne, antiinflammatory, expectorant[
]. It is used to cure skin diseases, rheumatism, headache, diarrhoea and toothache[
For medicinal use, the whole plants, preferably harvested when in flower, are dried and stored[
The leaf is carminative[
Grows well as an understorey shrub in woodlands[
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