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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 11/21/2012)
 

Flora Data (Last Modified On 11/21/2012)
Species PEPEROMIA OBTUSIFOLIA (L.) A. Dietr.
PlaceOfPublication Sp. P1. 1: 154. 1831.
Synonym Piper obtusifolium L. Sp. P1. 30. 1753. ?Piper cuneifolium Jacq. Collect. 4:127, pI. 214. 1788. Piper humile Mill. Gard. Dict. no. 4, ex Poir. in Lam. Encycl. Meth. 5:473. 1804, fide C.DC. in Urb. Symb. Ant. 3:254. 1902 Piper Milleri Roem. & Schult. Syst. Veg. 1:337. 1817, fide C.DC. loc. cit. 1902. Peperamia hemionitidifolia Ham. Prodr. P1. Ind. Occ. 2. 1825, fide C.DC. in Urb. Symb. Ant. 3:254. 1902. ?Peperomia cuneifolia A. Dietr. Sp. P1. 1:146. 1831. Peperomia commutata Trel. in Fedde Rep. Sp. Nov. 23:29. 1926, in part. Peperoimia bayatana Trel. loc. cit. 30. 1926. Peperomia daiquiriana Trel. loc. cit. 1926. Peperomia Lunana Trel. loc. cit. 1926. Peperomia Earlei Trel. loc. cit. 31. 1926. Peperomia dodecatheantophylla Trel. in Contr. U. S. Nat. Herb. 26:48. 1927. Peperomia Antoni var. reducta Trel. in Ann. Mo. Bot. Gard. 27:299. 1940.
Description A fleshy, stoloniferous-assurgent, terrestrial or epiphytic herb, glabrous except for the peduncle which is minutely hirtellous as is also sometimes the lower leaf- surface; stem up to 5 mm. thick when dry, ascending to 15 cm. or more from the prostrate, rooting base, internodes mostly 2-3 cm. long; leaves alternate, elliptic- obovate, 3-8 cm. wide X 5-20 cm. long, occasional specimens with smaller leaves, but commonly about 4-6 X 8-12 cm., apex rounded, obtuse, sometimes slightly emarginate, base cuneate, 7- to 11-plinerved from below the middle, the midrib branched upward, drying more or less coriaceous, opaque; petiole mostly 1.5-4
Habit herb
Description cm. long, or occasionally somewhat longer, more or less winged by the decurrent blade; spikes 2-4 mm thick X 5-15 cm. long, densely flowered, solitary or paired on a 1-bracted, terminal, leaf-opposed, or occasionally axillary, usually minutely hirtellous stalk 3-5 cm. or more long; floral bracts 0.3-0.4 mm. wide, round- peltate; fruit ellipsoidal, about 1.25 mm, long including the slender, erect, terminally hooked beak, stigma anterior at the base of the beak.
Distribution General in the West Indies and on the mainland from Mexico through Central America and northern South America.
Specimen COCLE: vicinity of El Valle, alt. 600-1000 m., Allen I222. CANAL ZONE: along Rio Indio de Gatuin, Pittier 2800; Summit, Lindsay 402.
Elevation 600-1000 m.
 
 
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