A green leafy vine growing as a ground cover or small climber, very
similar in growth habits to pepper.
The betel leaf is used in a number of traditional remedies for the
treatment of stomach ailments, infections, and as a general tonic.
It is often chewed in combination with the betel nut (Areca
catechu), as a stimulatory. Some evidence suggests that betel leaves
have immune boosting properties as well as anti-cancer properties
The betel leaf plant is a branching vine, that may climb as high as
10-15ft, although it often grows as an understory ground cover. The
plant prefers warm, humid conditions, but can tolerate some drought.
Origin and Distribution:Native to India.