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Piper betle Pepper leaf Sirih Piperaceae

Piper betle, Pepperleaf betel,	Sirih


Piper betle, Pepperleaf betel,	Sirih

A green leafy vine growing as a ground cover or small climber, very similar in growth habits to pepper.
The betel leaf is used in a number of traditional remedies for the treatment of stomach ailments, infections, and as a general tonic. It is often chewed in combination with the betel nut (Areca catechu), as a stimulatory. Some evidence suggests that betel leaves have immune boosting properties as well as anti-cancer properties
The betel leaf plant is a branching vine, that may climb as high as 10-15ft, although it often grows as an understory ground cover. The plant prefers warm, humid conditions, but can tolerate some drought. Origin and Distribution:Native to India.