Someone in US gave this plant to my friend who lives in Vietnam, to cure his cancer. It was grown in the US. What is this plant?

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    I don't think this plant is going to cure anyones cancer. |Is it an indoor plant or an outdoor plant?
    – kevinskio
    Oct 25, 2014 at 15:27
  • Where did the plant come from? Can you take a pic of one individual leaf against a contrasting background?
    – J. Musser
    Oct 25, 2014 at 17:41
  • It's hard to tell because it's wilting. Can you nurse it back to health? The leaves remind me of a legume, but lots of plants may have bean-like leaves. Oct 25, 2014 at 19:57

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It looks like kava, Piper methysticum, to me, or more likely Betel (Piper betle), due to the part where the leaf meets the leaf-stem. I could be wrong. I searched for cancer-curing plants, and it popped up. It looks like it. Whether it may help with cancer, I can't say, but there's probably a reason for the association, whether or not it's an all-out cure.

A plant an American sends isn't guaranteed to be an American plant, especially in the realm of alternative medicine.

  • +1 This does look similar. It's hard to tell, though with the condition the photographed plant is in, and the photo quality.
    – J. Musser
    Oct 26, 2014 at 1:14

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