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Dindigul Peperomia
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Dindigul Peperomia
P Native Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Dindigul Peperomia
Botanical name: Peperomia dindygulensis    Family: Piperaceae (Pepper family)
Synonyms: Peperomia formosana, Peperomia thwaitesii, Peperomia laticaulis

Dindigul Peperomia is a perennial herb 20-25 cm high, erect, forming a clump, many main stems with 3-4 branchlets; runners present, without rooting at basal nodes; internodes 2-4 cm long with red or reddish spots or bands, fleshy, velutinous, rarely scabrous or finely velvet-hairy. Leaves are opposite decussate or 4-whorled at branch-ends and falling off; leaf-stalk 0.5-1 cm long, blade papery when dry, obovate or elliptic, asymmetrical, 3-5 x 1.5-3 cm, base wedge-shaped or pointed, tip pointed, margin wavy and hairy, indument densest on young leaves and upper denser than lower surfaces; venation palmately 3-veined, hairy. Inflorescence is single or a fascicle with 2-4 spikes per shoot, at branch-ends or in the axils of the upper leaves, 8-15 x 0.05-0.1 cm, erect, cylindrical, green; axis hairless, with sparse flowers. Flower-cluster-stalks are 1-1.5 cm long, finely velvet-hairy or slightly scabrous. Fruit is spherical, 0.8-1 mm diamter, dark brown or black, with sticky glandular hairs on each papilla and persistent style tip. Dindigul Peperomia is found in China, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. Flowering: December-July.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in Walparai, Tamil Nadu.

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