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hoja santa, Vera Cruz pepper

Habit Shrubs or subshrubs (rarely herbaceous), reclining, 2-5 m, glabrous.

blade ovate, 20-35×17-20 cm, base narrowly and deeply obliquely cordate, apex abruptly short-acuminate to acute;

surfaces abaxially and adaxially minutely pubescent, most conspicuously so along veins.


12-25 cm.


not seen.

Piper auritum

Phenology Flowering all year.
Habitat Thickets
Elevation 0-20 m (0-100 ft)
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Mexico; Central America; West Indies; n South America [Introduced, Fla.]
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Piper auritum has been collected as "wild" in Broward County, Florida.

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

Source FNA vol. 3.
Parent taxa Piperaceae > Piper
Sibling taxa
P. aduncum
Name authority Kunth: in A. von Humboldt et al., Nov. Gen. Sp. 1: 54. (1816)
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