Piper auritum

Scientific name: Piper auritum Kunth
Botanical family: PIPERACEAE

Vernacular names

(In territories with significant traditional TRAMIL use)


  • caisimón de anís

Other vernacular names

Botanical description

Soft-wooded aromatic shrub or tree 1-6m high.  Leaves ovate or ovate-elliptical, 20-40 x 12-25 cm, acute to short acuminate at the apex, deeply and unequally cordate-auriculate at base, margins densely white-ciliate, petiole winged to the apex; inflorescence a spike, whitish to light yellow, pendulous, 10-20 cm x 3-5 mm; fruit, small, three-angled.








According to available information:

The use of the leaf orally is classified as TOXIC (TOX).  Given the well known carcinogenicity of the essential oil (safrole) contained in the leaf, its oral use is discouraged, regardless of how well recognized its alleged therapeutic properties may be.

In the event of poisoning from ingestion, seek medical attention.

Treatment for poisoning is unspecific.


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