Peperomia leptostachya Hook. & Arn.

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Peperomia leptostachya

Photo: Bart Wursten
Great Enclosure, Great Zimbabwe

Peperomia leptostachya

Photo: Bart Wursten
Great Enclosure, Great Zimbabwe

Peperomia leptostachya

Photo: Bart Wursten
Great Enclosure, Great Zimbabwe

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Synonyms: Peperomia arabica Decne. ex Miq.
Peperomia bequaertii De Wild.
Peperomia blanda (Jacq.) Kunth var. leptostachya (Hook. & Arn.) Duell
Peperomia brachytrichoides Engl.
Peperomia kyimbilana C.DC.
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: Peperomia blanda under which this species previously was considered a variety is now a strictly South American taxon.
Derivation of specific name: 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 Hawaii.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,E,S
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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.

Mathieu, G. (2001-2010). The Internet Peperomia Reference Published on the internet:

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, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Peperomia leptostachya., retrieved 30 May 2024

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