Peperomia glabella

(Swartz) A. Dietrich

Sp. Pl. 1: 156. 1831.

Basionym: Piper glabellum Swartz Prodr., 16. 1788
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 3.

Herbs, perennial, rhizomatous, erect, decumbent, or reclining, simple or branched, 8-45 cm, mostly glabrous, with numerous black, glandular dots. Leaves alternate; petiole 1/8-1/4 length of blade, pubescent in lines with upwardly curved hairs. Leaf blade 3-5-veined from base, ovate to narrowly or broadly elliptic, 2-6.5 × 1-4 cm, base nearly rounded to broadly cuneate, apex acute to short-acuminate; surfaces mostly glabrous. Spikes terminal or terminal and axillary, 1-4, densely flowered, 3-13 cm, mature fruiting spikes 2-3 mm diam. Fruits sessile, very broadly ovoid to globose, 0.7-0.8 × 0.6-0.7 mm, warty; beak obliquely conic, 0.1-0.2 mm.

Phenology: Flowering all year.
Habitat: Epiphytic or terrestrial
Elevation: 0-20 m


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Fla., West Indies, n South America.


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