Peperomia blanda (Jacq.) Kunth
var. leptostachya (Hook. & Arn.) D├╝ll

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Peperomia blanda var. leptostachya

Photo: Bart Wursten
Great Enclosure, Great Zimbabwe

Peperomia blanda var. leptostachya

Photo: Bart Wursten
Great Enclosure, Great Zimbabwe

Peperomia blanda var. leptostachya

Photo: Bart Wursten
Great Enclosure, Great Zimbabwe

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Synonyms: Peperomia brachytrichoides Engl.
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect perennial epiphytic or lithophytic herb. Stems sometimes decumbent, up to 50 cm long, rooting at the lower nodes, more or less pubescent. Leaves opposite, sometimes alternate near the base or whorled below the inflorescence, broadly elliptic, ovate or obovate-oblong, up to 5 mm long, fleshy when fresh, more or less pubescent on both surfaces; margin entire but ciliate; petiole 5-15 mm long, pubescent. Inflorescence in terminal or lateral 2-5-clustered spikes, greenish, 4-10 cm long. Fruit globose-ovoid, 0.7-0.9 mm long, covered in sticky papillae.
Notes: A good plant as groundcover in shady areas in gardens or as a container plant.
Derivation of specific name: blanda: mild, pleasing, charming (Latin); leptostachya: with slender spikes (Greek).
Habitat: Riverine and evergreen forest or mist-belt woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2200 m
Flowering time:Jan - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Widespread From DRC and East Africa to KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Also in Madagascar, Mascarene Islands, Yemen, Tropical Asia, Taiwan, Micronesia, Polynesia, Australia and from Florida, USA to South America.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,E,S
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Images last updated: Monday 9 July 2012

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Diniz, M.A. (1997). Piperaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(2) Pages 30 - 32. (Includes a picture).

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 120 - 121. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 67.

Mathieu, G. (2001-2010). The Internet Peperomia Reference,

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 83.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 524 - 525. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 143.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Peperomia blanda var. leptostachya., retrieved 22 October 2016

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