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False kava (Piper auritum) is a shrub-like plant that can grow to 19 feet high. It is sometimes mistakenly planted as true kava (Piper methysticum). However, the leaves differ from true kava, which are smaller and darker green; false kava leaves are larger and lighter green. There is a characteristic root beer or anise-like odor when leaves are crushed. True kava is used to create an herbal drink, but Piper auritum is reportedly detrimental to kava-producing areas, as it is evidently inferior in quality to Piper methystichum and can, if exported as true "kava," reduce the marketing value of true kava from places where this substitution is practiced.
Piper auritum information from ITIS
The Integrated Taxonomic Information System ITIS provides authoritative taxonomic information on Piper auritum, as well as other plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.
IPNI nomenclature info for Piper auritum
Nomenclatural information about Piper auritum is provided by The International Plant Names Index (IPNI).
Photos of Piper auritum on Pohnpei
Images of Piper auritum on Pohnpei are presented here, along with copies of selected e-mail correspondence about this species.
Images of Piper auritum (Piperaceae) (false awa)
Links to high-resolution free images of Piper auritum (Piperaceae) (false awa) by Forest & Kim Starr (USGS) are available here.
Piper auritum information from the Smithsonian Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Information about Piper auritum in Hawaii is available from the Smithsonian Flora of the Hawaiian Islands.
Piper auritum images from PIER
Images of Piper auritum provided by the Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk project (PIER).
Piper auritum in Hawaii: notes from Bishop Museum botanist
Information about Piper auritum's status in Hawaii is provided by George Staples (botanist, Bishop Museum [Honolulu]).
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