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Ecosystems and habitats of Yunnan, China
Special agro-ecosystems of Yunnan, China
Peppers of Yunnan
The family of Piperaceae counts 39 species in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan. This alone is reason enough to have a closer look at this interesting family.
Most of them live in the shaded forest environments. Some grow to small trees, others are vines, winding up large trees.
All of them have a peppery spicy taste to their leaves and seeds. But what spices them up most is that they make excellent indoor plants and also garden plants in sub-tropical climates.
Many peppers have beautiful foliage and nicely shaped inflorescence.
This page is just the beginning, and we will appreciate the help of a botanist while we find the species in their natural habitats.
Below ar our first 2 species. One of them lives in our garden since 3 years and grew to a substantial bush. We call it the arch-pepper, because its long-lasting inflorescence is shaped like little arks along the branches.
"Arch-Pepper": note the inflorescence building little arches along the branches.
Our "Arch-Pepper" tree overgrowing a screen house.
This is a climbing pepper. When we saw it first, it had long white inflorescence hanging down the vine like cat tails.
More to come as we find the species...
Yunnan is fascinatingly rich in ecosystems and associated biodiversity. Its flora and fauna receives species from the Tibetan plateau, from mainland China, and from South East Asia's tropical rainforests. No wonder that new species are discovered every time specialized taxonomists are visiting remote areas where nature is in harmony with peoples' daily life.
Many endemic species are described from Yunnan. Among them are bananas, gingers, aroids, rhododendron, and many more.
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