Shrub having stems with 6-8 frilled wings running longitudinally down the stem. Leaves oblong to obovate, to about 20 cm long, dark green above, purplish and hairy below, unequal at the base. Leaf stalks sheathing the stem. Flower spikes bisexual, to 5 cm long, hanging and with winged purplish stalks.
P. ornatum N.E. Br., Celebes Pepper, is occasionally grown as an indoor plant; it is shrubby to weakly climbing with round peltate mottled dark green, pink and silver above and maroon below.
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.