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Useful Tropical Plants

Piper ribesioides

Wall.

Piperaceae


Some of the recorded uses here were for Piper sumatranum, which we have included as a synonym for this species[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

+ Synonyms

Piper sumatranum C.DC.

Common Name:

Piper ribesioides
Climbing plant
Photograph by: VanLap Hoàng
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Piper ribesioides Piper ribesioides Piper ribesioides

General Information

Piper ribesioides is an evergreen, climbing shrub producing very stout stems.
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use as a medicine and food flavouring. It is said to be occasionally cultivated for its fruits, which contain an oil that is used as a spice[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
]. The stems are commonly sold in markets in northern Laos for use as a spice[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

E. Asia - Andaman Islands, Myanmar, Malaysia.

Habitat

Common in lowland forest[
334
Title
Flora of Peninsula Malaysia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.tfbc.frim.gov.my
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
In the process of being assembled (15/07/09), it is currently a series of check sheets giving species name, brief description, habitat and high quality photos of the plants.
].

Properties

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HabitEvergreen Climber
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details



Very closely related to P. Cubeba and P. Pedicellosum.

Edible Uses

An essential oil obtained from the fruit is used as a spice[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

The stem is used as a flavouring. It is very spicy, with peppery and chilli tones, and leaves a lingering aftertaste. It is used especially in Northern Laos and northern Thailand food, and has a slightly numbing effect on the tongue[
969
Title
Chilli wood, pepper wood Piper ribesioides Wall., Piper interruptum Opiz
Publication
Food From Northern Laos
Author
Dorothy Culloty
Website
http://www.foodfromnorthernlaos.com/2010/08/10/chilli-wood/
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
Information on the use of Piper ribesioides and Piper interruptum in cooking in N. Laos
].

Medicinal

This species is related to P. Cubeba and is said to have similar uses[
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.
]. These uses are:-

Cubeb is a bitter, antiseptic, stimulant herb with a pungent, turpentine-allspice aroma[
238
Title
Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses.
Publication
 
Author
Bown. D.
Publisher
Dorling Kindersley, London.
Year
1995
ISBN
0-7513-020-31
Description
A very well presented and informative book on herbs from around the globe. Plenty in it for both the casual reader and the serious student. Just one main quibble is the silly way of having two separate entries for each plant.
]. Both the fruits and essential oil are used and have diuretic and expectorant effects whilst also improving digestion[
238
Title
Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses.
Publication
 
Author
Bown. D.
Publisher
Dorling Kindersley, London.
Year
1995
ISBN
0-7513-020-31
Description
A very well presented and informative book on herbs from around the globe. Plenty in it for both the casual reader and the serious student. Just one main quibble is the silly way of having two separate entries for each plant.
].
The fruits contain a number of medically active compounds including an essential oil; a bitter principle (cubebin); an alkaloid (piperidine); resin and a fixed oil[
254
Title
The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants
Publication
 
Author
Chevallier. A.
Publisher
Dorling Kindersley. London
Year
1996
ISBN
9-780751-303148
Description
An excellent guide to over 500 of the more well known medicinal herbs from around the world.
].

The immature, dried fruits are used in the treatment of coughs, bronchitis, sinusitis, throat and genito-urinary infections, poor digestion and amoebic dysentery[
238
Title
Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses.
Publication
 
Author
Bown. D.
Publisher
Dorling Kindersley, London.
Year
1995
ISBN
0-7513-020-31
Description
A very well presented and informative book on herbs from around the globe. Plenty in it for both the casual reader and the serious student. Just one main quibble is the silly way of having two separate entries for each plant.
].

Cubeb oil is antiseptic, carminative, diuretic and a stimulating expectorant[
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.
]. It is used as an ingredient of some throat lozenges[
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.
].

Other Uses

An essential oil is obtained from the fruit[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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