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

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Peperomia tetraphylla

Picture: Bart Wursten
Globe Rock, Vumba

Peperomia tetraphylla

Picture: Bart Wursten
Path to Hadange Gorge, Chimanimani National Park

Peperomia tetraphylla

Picture: Bart Wursten
By path from carpark to Big Tree, Chirinda Forest

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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.
Type location:
Society Islands
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.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Mc,C
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 224.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 129.

Diniz, M.A. (1996). Piperaceae of the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia 16(1) Pages 74 - 75.

Diniz, M.A. (1997). Piperaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(2) Pages 29 - 30.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 28.

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.

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

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

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 144.

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

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Peperomia tetraphylla
Flora of Malawi: Peperomia tetraphylla
Flora of Mozambique: Peperomia tetraphylla
Flora of Zimbabwe: Peperomia tetraphylla

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Peperomia tetraphylla
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Peperomia tetraphylla
Plants of the World Online: Peperomia tetraphylla
Tropicos: Peperomia tetraphylla
Wikipedia: Peperomia tetraphylla

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Peperomia tetraphylla., retrieved 27 May 2024

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