Piper umbellatum L., Sp. Pl. 30 1753 (Syn: Heckeria sidifolia (Link & Otto) Kunth; Heckeria subpeltata (Willd.) Kunth; Heckeria umbellata (L.) Kunth; Lepianthes umbellata (L.) Raf. ex Ramamoorthy; Lepianthes umbellatum (L.) Rafin.; Peperidia afzeliana (Roem. & Schult.) Kostel.; Peperidia sidifolia (Link & Otto) Kostel.; Peperidia subpeltata (Willd.) Kostel.; Peperidia umbellata (L.) Kostel.; Peperomia grandifolia A.Dietr.; Peperomia sidifolia (Link & Otto) A.Dietr.; Peperomia subpeltata (Willd.) A.Dietr.; Peperomia umbellata (L.) Kunth; Piper afzelianum Roem. & Schult.; Piper cuernavacanum C.DC.; Piper dombeyanum (Miq.) C.DC.; Piper grandifolium Afzel.; Piper postelsianum Maxim.; Piper sidifolium Link & Otto; Piper subpeltatum Willd.; Piper umbellatum var. majus C.DC.; Piper umbellatum var. subpeltatum (Willd.) C.DC.; Pothomorphe alleni Trel.; Pothomorphe dombeyana Miq.; Pothomorphe sidifolia (Link & Otto) Miq.; Pothomorphe subpeltata (Willd.) Miq.; Pothomorphe umbellata (L.) Miq.);
Native: Belize, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Leeward Is., Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Nicaragua, Panamá, Peru, Puerto Rico, Queensland, Trinidad-Tobago, Venezuela, Windward Is.; Introduced: Angola, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Is., India, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Malawi, Malaya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, Philippines, Rwanda, Réunion, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Is., Sri Lanka, Sudan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam, Zaïre, Zimbabwe as per POWO;
Common name: Cow-Foot Leaf

ANMAR42/64 Please identify this plant : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (7)

Date: 21st March 2015
Place: Aralam WLS, Kerala
Habit: Herb
Habitat: Riparian

I think Piper umbellatum..

Yes, it is Piper umbellatum (Tax. no. 18322, of ITIS), Formerly known by the name Pothomorphe sybpeltata, and by many other synonyms.
It is widely available as an undershrub in the evergreen rainforests of Western ghats too


Piper umbellatum :: Bisle Ghat :: 15 NOV 2016 :: DVDEC83 : 2 posts by 2 authors. 2 images.

Bisle Ghat Karnataka
Date: 15 NOV 2016 … Altitude range: ~ 956 – 139 m (3136 – 456 ft) asl
Piper umbellatum L. … (family: Piperaceae) 

Seen this plant hanging down from a big tree. Could be some Parasitic plant?? Date/Time: 19-01-2010 / 04:00PM
Location: Mabhige, North Karnataka
Habitat: Wild.

Lepisanthes umbellata, a climbing shrub of Papaveraceae.

A new plant for me I had no ideae papaveraceae had climbers

I see some confusion somewhere. Lepisanthes is a genus of Family Sapindaceae, trees and shrubs.
I see no match for Lepisanthes umbellata in IPNI, GRIN or even Kew Plant list
The only reference I found in the link indicated below, a member of Piperaceae, I think again in error

Extremely sorry for the error. Pls read as Lepianthes umbellata (L.)

A mix up in excitiment. Lepianthes umbellata (L.) Raf. is now Pothomorphe umbellata (L.) Miq. and it is Piperaceae and not Papaveraceae. Hope now this is on dot.

Yes … Now I know where the error lies in the link I had forwarded.

Just a small doubt, “What we see in the photographs i posted  are fruits, leaves or something else?”

– They are flowers, or rather inflorences similar to Pepper.

– I think we can see a few leaves in the last photograph. They should look like these:

Thanks … I don’t think i would have ever come closer to this ID myself. I was initially thinking it to be some parasitic climber.
Thanks … for sorting out this mystery.


490 ID wild plant: 16 high res. images.
Please ID wild plant,
Location: bloomed near Vannappuram Thodupuzha Idukki Kerala INDIA
Altitude: 1500fsl
Flower date: 24SEP2023, 12.15pm
Habitat: wild moisture evergreen misty sloppy canopied alpine
Plant habit: shrub, erect, weak cylindrical semi fleshy green stem 12mm base circumference, basal roots, annual
Height: 02 feet
Leaves: alternate heart shaped acute leathery wavy fleshy, lite aromatic smell and taste, size upto: 35×25cm
Flower: axillary spike inflorescence size:07x5mm, greenish white, non fragrant

Camera: CANON EOS1500D +FL10x

Piper umbellatum L. !

Yes, it is Piper umbellatum, dear …, thank you very much for ID my plant



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