in A. von Humboldt et al., Nov. Gen. Sp. 1: 54. 1816.
Shrubs or subshrubs (rarely herbaceous), reclining, 2-5 m, glabrous. Leaves: petiole 1/6-1/3 length of leaf blade, winged at base. Leaf blade ovate, 20-35×17-20 cm, base narrowly and deeply obliquely cordate, apex abruptly short-acuminate to acute; surfaces abaxially and adaxially minutely pubescent, most conspicuously so along veins. Spikes 12-25 cm. Fruits not seen.
Phenology: Flowering all year.
Elevation: 0-20 m
Introduced; Fla., Mexico, West Indies, Central America, n South America.
Piper auritum has been collected as "wild" in Broward County, Florida.