Peperomia blanda

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Peperomia blanda

Description

Terrestrial, epiphytic or epilithic herb, erect or ascending from rooting base. Stem villous, often fuscous, green or reddish, 10-20(-60) cm long. Leaves opposite or in whorls of 3-7 (sometimes dimorphic), basely attached; petiole 0.2-1(-1.8) cm long, pubescent; blade slightly fleshy, elliptic, narrowly elliptic, or obovate, often rhombic, 2-8 x 0.8-4 cm, margin ciliate, apex acute or somewhat acuminate, base acute, pubescent usually on both sides; palmately 3(-5)-veined. Inflorescence terminal or axillary, single or few together; peduncle 0.7-3.2 cm long, pubescent or crisp-pubescent; spike 2.5-15 cm long, green, densely to laxly flowered; floral bracts rounded, glandular. Fruits subbasely attached, globose to ovoid, more or less verruculose, brown, apex oblique with subapical stigma.

Distribution

Argentine: present Australasia: Guyana, Republic of: present Northern America: Southern America:, Peru (Peru present); Venezuela (Venezuela present) Suriname, Republic of: present south to Bolivia: present
Mexico, West Indies, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, south to Bolivia, Argentine, Peru; also in Australia; 6 collections studied (GU: 5; SU: 1).

Notes

In the Willdenow herbarium nr 747 seems to be an isotype of Piper blandum. On the label we find the name "v.d. Schott" suggesting that he was the collector. According to Vegter (), 'Richard van der Schot" accompanied N.J. Jacquin to the West Indies; maybe also to Venezuela?
In the Paris herbarium the Humboldt & Bonpland s.n. collection from Venezuela, between Caracas and Guara bears an isotype label. This later collection can not represent the type.