Peperomia pellucida

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Peperomia pellucida

Description

Terrestrial herb, delicate, erect, glabrous, annual. Stem 10-30(-40) cm long, green often reddish tinged. Leaves alternate, basely attached; petiole to 0.3-2.5 cm long, glabrous; blade membranous, often drying translucent, broadly elliptic to deltoid, 1-3.7(-5) x 1-3.5(-5.5) cm, apex acute to obtuse, base rounded, cordulate or truncate; palmately 5-7-veined. Inflorescence terminal, solitary; peduncle slender, to 1 cm long, green; spike 1-6 cm long; densely flowered; floral bracts rounded, glabrous, minutely glandular. Fruits somewhat stipitate, globose, brown (young, green ones may be finely longitudinally ridged), stigma apical, a short style may be developed.

Distribution

Neotropics: present Paleotropics: present
Widespread in the Neotropics and occurring in the Paleotropics as well; 93 collections studied (GU: 20; SU: 45; FG: 28).

Common Name

English (Suriname, Republic of): eagoe ragoe, konsaka wiwiri, kosaka wi, sapoe rakei

Uses

Suriname: against inflammations, skim bruises, as a diuretic; mixed with other substances against high blood pressure (Raghoenandan, Utrecht internal report). To flavor salads, it can be found in gardens and pots also as a weed. The plants have some medicinal and even poisonous properties (pers. comm. J.C. Lindeman).

Notes

In living specimens the margins of the petiole continue into distinct subnodal ribs, that form a "collar" around the nodes (pers. comm. G. Mathieu).
See note to Peperomia urocarpa.