Peperomia tetraphylla (G. Forst.) Hook. & Arn.

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Peperomia tetraphylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
On ridge above Cavalo, Sanjunjira, Mt Gorongosa

Peperomia tetraphylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
On ridge above Cavalo, Sanjunjira, Mt Gorongosa

Peperomia tetraphylla

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Mt Tsetsera

Peperomia tetraphylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path to Mt Binga just before Nhamadzi River crossing, Chimanimani National Reserve

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Synonyms: Peperomia reflexa (L.f.) A. Dietr.
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Status: Native
Perennial epiphytic or lithophytic herb with creeping stems up to 20 cm long. Leaves (sub)sessile in whorls of 4 or 3, ovate-elliptic, up to 18 mm long, thickly leathery to fleshy, hairless or slightly puberulous below. Inflorescence terminal or axillary, solitary spikes, green.
Notes: Note: Easily distinguished from related species by the leaves all being borne in whorls of 3 or 4 along the stems.
Derivation of specific name: tetraphylla: 4-leaved
Habitat: In evergreen forest and mist-belt Brachystegia woodland.
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Worldwide distribution: Pantropical; in Africa widespread in tropical Africa and South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS
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Content last updated: Saturday 25 January 2020

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Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 97.

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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 tetraphylla., retrieved 21 May 2024

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