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Common name: Peperomia
Botanical name: Peperomia caperata    Family: Piperaceae (Pepper family)

Peperomia is a mound forming perennial herb, which originally comes from the rain forests of Brazil. It is sought after for the rosettes of heart-shaped, deeply corrugated, dark green leaves on long stems, 1-1.5 inches long. This small plant (not more than 8 inches tall) has very interesting flowers. Long, upright flower stalks resemble mouse tails and are covered with tiny yellow-white flowers. Though peperomia produce greenish white, panicle-like flower spikes, they are grown primarily for their foliage.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale
Photographed in Kerala.
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