Common name: Four-leaved Peperomia
Peperomia tetraphylla (G.Forst.) Hook. & Arn. APNI*
Synonyms: Peperomia affinis F.M.Bailey APNI*
Piper aemulum Endl. APNI*
Piper reflexum L.f. APNI*
Piper tetraphyllum G.Forst. APNI*
Description: Small decumbent or erect herb, stems 5–20 cm long.
Leaves in whorls of 4, elliptic to broad-ovate, 6–12 mm long, 5–10 mm wide, apex obtuse to ± acute, base cuneate to rounded, margins entire ± glabrous, glossy above, venation obscure; petiole 1–3 mm long.
Inflorescence terminal, flowers crowded, axis 1–3 cm long, c. 1 mm wide and enlarging to 2 mm wide during fruit formation. Ovary partly immersed in floral axis.
Drupes partly immersed in axis.
Distribution and occurrence: coast and ranges north from Braidwood district.
Usually epiphytic or found growing on rocks in moist situations in rainforest.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld
Sometimes placed in Peperomiaceae.
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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