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Piper porphyrophyllum


Piper porphyrophyllum (Lindl. ex J.Dix) N.E.Br.

Family Name: Piperaceae
Synonyms: Cissus porphyrophylla Lindl. ex J.Dix, Piper leptonema Hook.f.
Common Name: Tiger's Betel, 紫背胡椒

Tiger's Betel (Piper porphyrophyllum) has ornamental dark green leaves with white and pink streaks along the veins, and purple undersides.


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Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
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Species Summary

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Climber, Vine & Liana, Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Native to Singapore (Critically Endangered (CR))

Description and Ethnobotany

Habitat In its wild habitat, it is found trailing in the understory of forest floor, climbing up small trees.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Small Gardens, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting, Hanging Basket

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Rootzone Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Pink
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

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Master ID 32992
Species ID 7406
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Species record last updated on: 15 February 2024.