This species is closely related to Piper umbellatum[
Heckeria peltata (L.) Kunth
Heckeria scutata (A.Dietr.) Kunth
Heckeria speciosa (Kunth) Kunth
Lepianthes peltata (L.) Raf.
Piper pruinosum Kunth
Piper speciosum Kunth
Pothomorphe almirantensis Trel.
Pothomorphe iquitosensis Trel.
Pothomorphe peltata (L.) Miq.
Pothomorphe scutata (A.Dietr.) Miq.
Pothomorphe speciosa (Kunth) Miq.
Pothomorphe tecumensis Trel.
Common Name: Cordoncillo
Cordoncillo is a perennial plant, usually herbaceous but sometimes more woody. It grows around 1.5 metres tall.
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use as food and medicine.
The leaves are mixed with the leaves of Clibadium to make a fish poison[
S. America - Brazil. Bolivia and Peru, north to the Caribbean and through Central America to Mexico.
Moist or wet, lowland forest or thickets, sometimes in second growth at elevations up to 600 metres[
]. A weedy herb in open, secondary growth[
Fruits - raw. The sweetish, ripe fruits are considered a delicacy by children[
Young leaves - boiled or steamed and eaten with rice[
The leaves are used as a wrapping for cooking other foods[
The plant is boiled and the water used as an herbal bath or for washing the skin for reducing high fevers. It is heated and tied or wrapped around the head and forehead as a poultice for treating headaches[
The root is diuretic[
]. A remedy for uterus pain is derived from the partially cooked root[
The leaves are antiinflammatory, antineuralgic, sudorific[
]. An infusion is used to treat fevers[
]. Decoction used in Guyana as a purgative to clean out the uterus. In a poultice with oil for bruises and swellings. In NW Guyana, leaves are used for abscesses, colds and coughs, haemorrhage, headache, swellings, and for cleaning the womb and tubes[
Applied externally, the leaves are used in a compress that is applied to the head for a prolonged period of time as an antineuralgic[
]. The macerated leaves and crushed stem are combined with the leaves of Piper amapaense to make a headache remedy[
]. The leaves are mixed with coconut oil or castor oil and rubbed on painful or swollen joints[
]. The leaves are used as a poultice on cuts[
]. The warmed leaves are applied locally to treat conditions such as hernia pain and arthritis pain[
An essential oil obtained from the leaves is ingested with sugar as a treatment for stomach atony[
The plant contains chavicine, piperine and lignans[
The leaves are used as 'toilet paper' to clean young children[
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