Buyo – Scientific name: Piper betle L.

English: Betel Leaf Pepper
Tagalog: Buyo anis, Ikmo

Betel, common name for a tropical vine (see Pepper), sometimes called betel pepper. In Asia and the East Indies the leaves of the plant, together with a little quicklime, are used to wrap the seed kernel (called betel nut or areca nut) of the betel palm. Chewing this preparation (also called betel) stains the saliva bright red and eventually darkens the teeth. An alkaloid in the nut acts as a stimulant and a tonic.

Scientific classification: The betel belongs to the family Piperaceae. It is classified as Piper betle. The betel nut palm belongs to the family Arecaceae (or Palmae) and is classified as Areca catechu.

8 thoughts on “Buyo – Scientific name: Piper betle L.

  1. sanny Librea

    pls add more details about buyo plant. application for herbal medicines and oher medical applications

  2. chelsy g.

    pls. add more infos in this site… don’t have much information posted here… also put more details about the medicinal uses of this plant. thanks.

    lots of love,
    chelsy g.

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