West African pepper

(Piper guineense)


Common English name:West African Pepper, Ashanti Pepper, Pepper Benin, False Cubeb, Guinea Cubeb, Uziza Pepper, Guinea pepper, Dooje.

– Spanish: pimienta de Guinea, pimienta Ashanti, Pimienta de Benín, kale, masoro, clusii.

– Catalan: pebre of Guinea

– French: Le Poivre des Ashantis

Scientific name: Piper guineense Schumach.

Taxonomic Synonyms: Piper clusii WIQ.

Family: Piperaceae

Habitat: native to West Africa.

Botanical description of Guinea pepper

Guinea pepper (Piper guineense) is a gnarled vine native to West Africa, which is used as a substitute for black pepper (Piper nigrum).

It is a perennial plant that is characterized by heart-shaped leaves and oval, petiolate, alternate, 12 cm long.

The inflorescence is a pedicelled flower spike between 3 and 6 cm long. Peduncle 5 millimeters long. Flowers are greenish yellow and arranged in a spiral along the spine.

The fruit of Guinea pepper fruit is a drupe mesocarp or fleshy, oval, 5 mm in diameter.

Properties of West African pepper

This species is a less spicy than Piper nigrum… It has been attributed with suitable properties for the following anomalies:


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Botanical classification
Kingdom Plantae
Subkingdom Tracheobionta

Vascular plants

Superdivision Spermatophyta

Seed plants

Division Magnoliophyta

Flower plants

Class Magnoliopsida


Order Piperales
Family Piperaceae
Gender Piper
Species Piper guineense

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Article updated on: 19 March, 2019

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