Erect herb 10-30 cm tall with fleshy red stems having very close internodes. Leaves to 10 cm long, 8 cm wide, alternate, almost round but pointed at tip, leathery, concave, smooth; veins about 11, radiating from base, striped dark green, alternating with paler silvery streaks. Leaf stalks to 15 cm long, red, slightly asymmetrically attached 1-2 cm inside margin, not grooved. Flower spike greenish, sometimes branched.
N South America
Leaves silver-striped, stalk attached asymmetrically, veins mostly about 11.
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.