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cultivated pepper photo

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These are the leaves of one the most widely cultivated pepper plants, called "Santa Maria" (Piper peltatum). This species has a large number of uses, primarily related to reduction of swelling. It is also used as a poultice for burns and abcesses, and to treat toothache and headache, as well as a number of more serious ailments. Note the small, finger-like projections in the middle of the picture—these are the plant's flowers that eventually form seeds which are harvested as peppercorns.

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