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Peppers of Yunnan

The family of Piperaceae counts 39 species in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan. This alone is reason enough to have a closer look at this interesting family.
Most of them live in the shaded forest environments. Some grow to small trees, others are vines, winding up large trees.
All of them have a peppery spicy taste to their leaves and seeds. But what spices them up most is that they make excellent indoor plants and also garden plants in sub-tropical climates.
Many peppers have beautiful foliage and nicely shaped inflorescence.

This page is just the beginning, and we will appreciate the help of a botanist while we find the species in their natural habitats.

Below ar our first 2 species. One of them lives in our garden since 3 years and grew to a substantial bush. We call it the arch-pepper, because its long-lasting inflorescence is shaped like little arks along the branches.

"Arch-Pepper": note the inflorescence building little arches along the branches.

Our "Arch-Pepper" tree overgrowing a screen house.

This is a climbing pepper. When we saw it first, it had long white inflorescence hanging down the vine like cat tails.

More to come as we find the species...

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Yunnan is fascinatingly rich in ecosystems and associated biodiversity. Its flora and fauna receives species from the Tibetan plateau, from mainland China, and from South East Asia's tropical rainforests. No wonder that new species are discovered every time specialized taxonomists are visiting remote areas where nature is in harmony with peoples' daily life.

Many endemic species are described from Yunnan. Among them are bananas, gingers, aroids, rhododendron, and many more.

Musa rubinea is endemic to South West Yunnan and Myanmar.

Musella lasiocarpa, the Golden Lotus Banana, is endemic to Yunnan.

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Imagine, the traceability of your products leads your customers to the tropical jungles of the Mekong river and to the Himalayan mountains where Tibet meets Yunnan. Immerged in diverse culture and rich biodiversity, your customers can visit the places and people where your products start from pristine soils, clean air, and where they support the livelihood of local ethnic communities.

Would this add to the sustainability and credibility of your business?

Would your trademark benefit from international research publications lauding your company's involvement in saving the rain forest?

If you are in the food, cosmetics, flower, herbal, and medical business, certifying your products as contributing to biodiversity protection will be an advantage with a competitive edge.

The TianZi Biodiversity Centre is working with German Universities to design land use systems, which are bound to change paradigms: we promote rare agro-biodiversity species, manage complexity, and find alternatives to destructive forms of mono culture.

If all this is in line with your company's business concept - please contact us.

The TianZi Team.