Peperomia exigua (Blume) Miq.

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Peperomia exigua

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Peperomia exigua

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Synonyms: Peperomia pellucida sensu FZ 9(2) p.p.
Piper exiguum Blume
Common names:
Status: Native
Slender annual herb, up to 30 cm tall. Leaves alternate, almost circular to cordate, kidney-shaped, up to 2.7 × 3 cm, hairless, thinly textured and transparent, light green above, somewhat blue-green below, palmately 5-7-veined, margin entire; petiole 4-16 mm long. Inflorescence in terminal or leaf-opposed laxly flowered spikes, greenish.
Notes: Peperomia exigua was at one time treated as a depauperate form of P. pellucida. However, on the basis of differences in the leaf shape and geographical distribution, Mathieu, G. & R. Callejas Posada (2006) show that P. exigua consistently differs from P. pellucida and thereby treat it as a separate species.

P. pellucida s.s. has never been recorded from Zimbabwe or Mozambique.
Derivation of specific name: exigua: small, meagre, poor
Habitat: Occurring along stream banks and in seasonally flooded water courses and pans in woodland.
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Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, New Guinea, Nigeria, Oman, Philippines, Thailand, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS
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Content last updated: Tuesday 2 February 2010

Diniz, M.A. (1996). Piperaceae of the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia 16(1) Pages 76 - 77. as Peperomia pellucida

Diniz, M.A. (1997). Piperaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(2) Pages 32 - 33.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 67. as Peperomia pellucida

Mathieu, G. (2001-2010). The Internet Peperomia Reference Published on the internet:

Mathieu, G. & R. Callejas Posada (2006). New synonymies in the genus Peperomia Ruiz & Pav. (Piperaceae) - an annotated checklist Candollea 61 Pages 354 - 355.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 83.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Peperomia exigua., retrieved 15 June 2024

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