PIPER MARGINATUM - CAKE BUSH|
Anesi wiwiri, Anijsblad, Cake bush, Hinojo, Marigold pepper.
Piperaceae (Pepper family).
Cake bush is a perennial bushy shrub growing in moist, shady spots in
the Amazon rainforest in Surinam.
Unlike other Piperaceae species, this one is easy to recognize
due to the typical heart-shaped leaves with 7 - 8 nerves which end in one point at the base.
It is also easy to recognize for the strong licorice (anise) smell.
The leaves contain flavonoids (vitexin, marginatoside).
Suriname's traditional medicine
Cake bush is used against colic. The Amazon Indians use it against
liver and vesicle diseases.
Other uses are: against flu, against skin wounds, carminative and depurative.
This plant has reputed haemostatic properties when applied topically to bleeding skin wounds.
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USDA zone 9 - 11.
Seeds and cuttings.
Full sun / light shade and moist soil.