Piper capense (Wild pepper)
Bospeper, Wildepeper [Afrikaans]
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Piper capense, Bunga Forest,
Vumba, Zimbabwe. [photo Bart Wursten ©, Flora of Zimbabwe]
A soft-wooded shrub or small tree, growing up to 4 m in
Distribution and habitat
Distribution extends from about Swellendam in the Western
Cape, up the east coast of southern Africa including KwaZulu-Natal and then
northwards through Swaziland, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. It also occurs in the
Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe (including areas in adjacent Mozambique). It grows
in moist, shaded places in forests and along streams.
Uses by humans
- Palgrave, K.C. and Palgrave, M.C. 2002. Trees of Southern Africa.
3rd Edition. Struik Publishers, Cape Town.