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Sirih keraton or keraton pepper (Piper bandoro) and a name

Keraton pepper (Piper bandoro) in Indonesia is called Sirih Keraton, this is a rare species and there is no information on taxonomic nomenclature. So I named and entered as a new species.

Sirih keraton (P. bandoro) is different to Piper ornatum and Piper crocatum as the closest species, although they have similarities in other parts. The key differences are the morphology and features of the leaves. You can read the taxonomic nomenclature here: https://www.dlium.com/2020/01/keraton-pepper-piper-bandoro.html

Dlium Sirih keraton or keraton pepper (Piper bandoro) and a name

I found keraton pepper at several sites in Menoreh mountains. I first saw at Samigaluh and Kokap in Kulon Progo, this in Yogyakarta Province. Then I found it again at Kaligesing in Purworejo, Central Java Province.

Menoreh mountains have complex landscape, topography is hilly to elevation of 50 m to 1050 m. This is ancient volcano and is routinely fogged on this day. I found Piper bandoro at several sites at height of 300 m to 800 m. You can see on Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/KUsQXKh9zJkgsanq9

I need more samples and try to Mount Merapi for places on same altitude where keraton pepper grows in Menoreh Mountains. I found three items in Srumbung, Magelang Regency, Central Java Province, at 600-800 m. You can also see on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/HDAbmzXcYnFj6dycA

This is enough for me to localize where sirih keraton or keraton pepper (P. bandoro) grows in habibat at an altitude of 300-800 m, but I prefer to say 500-1000 m because it is more consistent. Menoreh mountains and Mount Merapi are likely to have rainfall of around 900-3000 mm/year.

I asked many people, especially farmers and cultivators to find out the fix name of this plant. Nobody knows! They only know as the suruh-suruhan (suruh) or sirih-sirihan (sirih) which is Piperaceae.

This is an ordinary taxonomic class and not a strange plant to me considering that most of the species in Piperaceae are endemic to Indonesia. But the ridiculous thing is that people who are very close to this plant habitat don't even know the name!

I am not a bachelor, academic and researcher. I'm just an amateur naturalist. I tried to goggle and found in some online ornamental plant stores with the name "Sirih Keraton". Sirih is pepper or Piper, but I never found a species name and taxonomic nomenclature

I don't have money to access paywall journals you know, so I'm trying to find out in open access journals. No results found. I found an online collection of herbarium including Piper on a website maintained by a museum in Europe. That is the problem. The specimen is only brown dried leaves. I need colors!

My video must be live and must have a name. So I gave the name for this species is sirih keraton or keraton pepper (Piper bandoro). Enjoy watching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXxh1s3JBh8

By Aryo Bandoro
Founder of Dlium.com

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