Greek macro—large, piper—pepper.
Description: Shrubs or small trees, sometimes scrambling and with swollen nodes. Leaves alternate with palmate venation; leaf stalks sheathing the stem. Flowers unisexual, small and close-set in axillary clusters. Male flowers mostly with 3 stamens. Ovary superior. Fruit red or orange.
Stem nodes swollen; venation palmate; leaf bases sheathing the stem.
9 species from the S Pacific.
Source: (1997). Piperaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.