Helmet Pepper   
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Helmet Pepper
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Helmet Pepper
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
Photographed near Shigekeri, North Karnataka.
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