Peperomia tetraphylla (G. Forst.) Hook. & Arn.

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Peperomia tetraphylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Globe Rock, Vumba

Peperomia tetraphylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path to Hadange Gorge, Chimanimani National Park

Peperomia tetraphylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
By path from carpark to Big Tree, Chirinda Forest

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Synonyms: Peperomia reflexa (L.f.) A. Dietr.
Common names:
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Perennial epiphytic or lithophytic herb with creeping stems up to 20 cm long. Leaves (sub)sessile in whorls of 4 or 3, ovate-elliptic, up to 18 mm long, thickly leathery to fleshy, hairless or slightly puberulous below. Inflorescence terminal or axillary, solitary spikes, green.
Notes: Note: Easily distinguished from related species by the leaves all being borne in whorls of 3 or 4 along the stems.
Derivation of specific name: tetraphylla: 4-leaved
Habitat: In evergreen forest and mist-belt Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 900 - 2200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Pantropical; in Africa widespread in tropical Africa and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 13 June 2010

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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.

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Peperomia tetraphylla., retrieved 23 October 2016

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