Piper suipigua Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don, Prodr. Fl. Nepal. 20 1825. (syn: Chavica suipigua Miq.; Piper gamblei C. DC.; Piper glabramentum C. DC.; Piper japvonum C. DC.; Piper nepalense Miq.; Piper peepuloides Wall. (ambiguous synonym); Piper subrigidilimbum C. DC.);
China (W-Yunnan), Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, India (Darjeeling) as per Catalogue of Life;

Large climbing shurb, stems faintly striate when dry, glabrous. Leaves thinly coriaceous, dark green when dry, ovate, 8-15 x 3.5-6cm, shortly scuminte, base usually slightly oblique, cuneate to rounded, 3-5-veined at base, with 2 further lateral viens arising 1-2cm above base, veins prominent on both surfaces, glabrous; petioles 8-14mm; stipules narrow, adnate to petiole, early caducous; axillary buds few, subulate, 1-2cm. Male spikes erect, 7-14cm, on peduncle 1-2cm, bracts peltate, subsessile, stamens 3, shortly exserted beyond bracts, anther cells erect, on short stout filaments. Female spikes 3-6cm, slender, on peduncle 1-1.56cm; stigmas 4. Fruiting spikes much elongated, 9-13cm, whitish hairy, interrupted, with scattered ovoid sessile drupes 5-6 x 4mm.

Fl. May-August
Warm and cool broad-leaved forests.
(Attributions- A.C.J Grierson & D.G Long. Flora of Bhutan. Published by RBGE. 1984 from Bhutan Biodiversity Portal)

SK2036 11 July 2019 : 7 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (8)- around 600 kb each.

Location:  Phulchoki, Lalitpur 
Date:  3 July 2019
Elevation:  1998 m.
Habit : Wild
Which Piper ??

I guess most of the descriptions matches with Piper suipigua Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don !
Attachments (8)- around 450 kb each.

Appears close as per
GBIF (high resolution specimens)

Thank you …! Hope to get some response from …!

Of course it resemble the P. suipigua (P. nepalense) but the spikes are still young and probably the male one.
From fuiting spike the species can easily be identified.

Thank you …! Why is ACFPoN showing two separate IDs instead mentioning Syn for one?


SK 3855 13 September 2023: 5 high res. images.

Location: Phulchoki, Lalitpur, Nepal
Date: 26 August 2023
Altitude: 1500m.
Habitat : Wild
Piper suipigua Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don ??

Yes, possible as per images at


SK 3869 06 October 2023: 6 very high res. images.

Location: Shivapuri National Park, Kathmandu, Nepal
Date: 30 September 2023
Altitude:  1740m.
Habitat : Wild
Piper suipigua Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don ?? as in https://groups.google.com/g/indiantreepix/AwAJ ??
Typical conical fruits !

Are not such fruits found in many species of Piper?

I guess not

I see similar fruits in


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