Peperomia reptans

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Peperomia reptans


Epiphytic, terrestrial or epilithic herb, creeping. Stem succulent, glossy, retrorsely crisp-pubescent, green with red spots or reddish. Leaves alternate, basely attached; petiole 1-1.5(-4.5) cm long, retrorsely appressed-pubescent; blade fleshy, coriaceous, dark green above, light green beneath, broadly ovate to deltoid, 0.8-2.5 x 0.8-2.5 cm, margin ciliate, apex acutely obtuse, base cordate, cordulate or rounded, brown appressed-pilose above, below light green (Tillett), red with green (Persaud) or brown (Hahn) stripes and white hairs (Persaud); venation obvious in dried state, obsoletely palmately 5-7-veined. Inflorescence single, axillary; peduncle not slender, often bracteate, 3-6 cm long, longer than spike, pubescent, sometimes red; spike 1-2.5 cm long, green or yellow, densely flowered; floral bracts rounded, glandular. Fruits basely attached, subglobose to ovoid, with more or less hooked beak and subapical stigma.


Guyana present, Southern America: Colombia (Colombia present); Venezuela (Venezuela present)
Colombia, Venezuela and Guyana; 8 collections studied (GU: 8).


G. Mathieu has seen the types of Peperomia reptans and P. duidana, and concluded that these names concern the same species.
P. reptans is very similar to P. tillettii Steyerm., but is pubescent while P. tillettii is glabrous. The latter is also a species of high altitudes and was described from Venezuela, Edo. Mérida at 1400 m.