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Piper excelsum

A small, densely-branched, aromatic tree or shrub up to 6 m high, found from Northland south to Banks Penninsula. The leaves are heart-shaped and some are found with small holes in the leaves, eaten from the looper caterpillar.




Leaves steeped in water. Decoction used as anti-bacterial for sore throats and skin complaints. Assists with stomach complaints and thinning blood.

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