Slender-Spike Peperomia
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Slender-Spike Peperomia
P Native Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Slender-Spike Peperomia
Botanical name: Peperomia leptostachya    Family: Piperaceae (Pepper family)
Synonyms: Peperomia blanda var. leptostachya, Peperomia candollei

Slender-Spike Peperomia is a succulent perennial herb forming sparingly to densely branched shrublets up to 50 x 60 cm. Stems light yellow gree to reddish-green, rising up or erect from creeping base, 15-25-50 cm long, up to 1 cm diameter at base, branches less toward tip, internodes 1-4 cm apart; surfaces finely finely velvet-hairy. Leaves are opposite or sometimes ternate, usually falling readily. Leaf-stalks 0.5-1.0 cm long, finely velvet-hairy. Leaf blade is 1.5-6.0 x 1.2-3.0 cm, dark green to yellow-green, lower surface paler, elliptic-obovate to elliptic, or elliptic-ovate, tip broadly pointed, blunt or rounded, base wedge-shaped to broadly wedge-shaped; palmately 3-5-nerved, finely finely velvet-hairy, moderately firm-fleshy, thin and membranous. Inflorescences in leaf-axils or at branch-ends spikes, these numerous, 2-13 cm long, axis 0.5-1 mm diameter, hairless. Flowers moderately close to loosely spaced, flower-cluster-stalks 5-25 mm long, finely velvet-hairy with finely spreading to appressed hairs; ovary broadly ovoid, tip oblique; stigmas subat branch-ends. Fruit broadly obovoid 0.9-1 mm. Slender-Spike Peperomia is widespread in Tropical Africa & Asia.

Identification credit: Guido Mathieu Photographed in Walparai, Tamil Nadu.

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