|Piper nigrum, from Koehler (1887)|
Bercht. & J.Presl
Piperaceae is the botanical name for a family of flowering plants. Such a family has been recognized by most taxonomists: it is sometimes known as the "pepper family". The best known species is Piper nigrum, which yields the most famous peppercorns used as a spice, including "black pepper", although its cousins in the family include many other spices.
Classification System: APG II (down to family level)
Genera: Arctottonia - Macropiper - Manekia - Peperomia - Piper - Pothomorphe - Sarcorhachis - Trianaeopiper - Verhuellia - Zippelia
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The Piperaceae, also known as the pepper family, is a large family of flowering plants. The group contains roughly 3,610 currently accepted species in five genera. The vast majority of peppers can be found within the two main genera: Piper (2000 species) and Peperomia (1600 species).