Author: Jan Scholten
Synonyms: Cubeba canina; Cubeba lanata; Peperomia lanata; Piper banksii; Piper kietanum C.DC.
Region: Southeast Asia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines to New Guinea, northern Australia, Solomon Islands
Botany: evergreen, slender-stemmed, vigorous climber, to 10 m tall; habitat mixed forest, village thickets, at low elevations,sun or some shade, soil is moist; dioecious; fruits ± 5 mm, smell of anise; ripen a few at a time, turning to dark red.
Content: bornyl coumarate.
Use: fruit as a flavouring, Besisi people in Malaysia; fruits used as a substitute for cubebs, Piper betle; condiment; ground cover; leaves chewed as a masticatory.
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