Botanical name: Piper galeatum Family: Piperaceae (Pepper family)
Helmet Pepper is a wild climber with slender branches and thickened nodes, quite hairless. The species name galeatum means helmet-shaped. Leaves are thinly leathery, elliptic-ovate or lanceshaped, finely long-pointed, 3-nerved from the base. They are 7.5-12.5 cm long, 3-5 cm wide, carried on 6-12 mm long stalk. Male flower spikes are slender, 15-25 cm long, quite hairless, receptacles obliquely kidney-shaped, recurved, longer than the stipes, mouth very small. Helmet Pepper is found in Western Ghats.
Identification credit: K. V. Saji
The flower labeled Helmet Pepper is ...