Peperomia abyssinica Miq.

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Peperomia abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park

Peperomia abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park

Peperomia abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Chozi View Point, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Peperomia goetzeana Engl.
Peperomia rungwensis Engl.
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Status: Native
Rather succulent perennial epiphytic or lithophytic herb. Stems decumbent, 15-50 cm long, rooting at the lower nodes. Leaves alternate, sometimes the uppermost opposite, often more concentrated on the ascending upper part of the stems, spathulate, elliptic to obovate-oblong, 2.5-6 cm long, often variable on the same branch, 3-5-veined from the base, succulent when fresh, bright green above, paler with a prominent midrib beneath, hairless but punctate with pellucid glands; margin entire, sometimes ciliate towards the apex; petiole 2-10 mm long, thick. Inflorescence in solitary terminal or axillary spikes, greenish, 4-11 cm long. Fruit spheric-ellipsoid, c. 1 mm long, brownish, covered with whitish glands.
Derivation of specific name: abyssinica: of Abyssinia (now Ethiopia).
Habitat: On moss-covered rocks or on tree trunks montane evergreen forest, often by streams.
Altitude range: 750 - 2350 m
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
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Content last updated: Wednesday 3 July 2019

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. as Peperomia abyssinica abyssinica and Peperomia goetzeana (Includes a picture).

Diniz, M.A. (1996). Piperaceae of the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia 16(1) Page 81. as Peperomia goetzeana

Diniz, M.A. (1997). Piperaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(2) Pages 35 - 36. Also as Peperomia goetzeana

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. As Peperomia goetzeana

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

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 143.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Peperomia abyssinica., retrieved 24 June 2024

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