Peperomia blanda var. floribunda (Miq.) H.Huber APNI*
Synonyms: Peperomia leptostachya Hook. & Arn. APNI*
Description: Erect succulent herb to 30 cm high; stems erect, becoming decumbent, sparsely to densely hairy, rooting at nodes.
Leaves opposite, rarely whorled, ovate-elliptic to obovate, up to 3 cm long, up to 2.5 cm wide; base cuneate to rounded; margin entire; apex obtuse or acute; usually 5-veined from base; petiole up to 6 mm long.
Inflorescence terminal or axillary in upper axils, up to 13 cm long; flowers crowded at first, becoming distant.
Drupes sessile, sticky.
Flowering: throughout much of the year.
Distribution and occurrence: chiefly in coastal areas, north from the Illawarra region. Widely distributed thoughout Old World tropics, from Africa, through SE Asia, to Polynesia.
In moist situations, usually growing on rocks, sometimes terrestrial.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC
Other Australian states: Qld
The other variety, Peperomia blanda var. blanda, is widely distributed throughout tropical America, rare in Africa, India and Sri Lanka.
Text by B.J. Conn & R.G. Coveny
Taxon concept: P.I. Forster (1993)
|The single variety in NSW. Characters and distribution as for the species in NSW.|
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