Piper umbellatum (Piperaceae)

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This native pepper species is one of the easiest to identify among the other native peppers. It is more like a weak shrub rather than a vine, and it has the largest heart-shaped leaves which get up to 30 cm wide. The leaves are bright green and very thin-textured and the plant is usually always growing in environments that are ever-wet.

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About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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