Vietnamese Plant Index

Càng cua
Peperomia pellucida

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From the Literature

    Càng cua is most commonly known in English as shiny bush, pepper elder and rat-ear.  It is a common tropical annual herb in Surinam and can grow up to 1" tall.  Càng cua flourishes best in  shady and damp soils.  The heart-shaped leaves are of a shiny, light green color with very small flowers growing in the form of cord-like spikes.  The fruits are round to oblong in shape and are very small in size.  These fruits are first green in color and then later turn black.  The càng cua plant emits a mustard-like odor.  (Source:


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