Four-Leaf Peperomia
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Four-Leaf Peperomia
ative Photo: Thingnam Rajshree
Common name: Four-Leaf Peperomia
Botanical name: Peperomia tetraphylla    Family: Piperaceae (Pepper family)
Synonyms: Piper tetraphyllum, Piper pusillum, Peperomia reflexifolia

Four-Leaf Peperomia is a small decumbent or erect herb, with stems 5-20 cm long. Leaves occur in whorls of 4, elliptic to broad-ovate, 6-12 mm long, 5-10 mm wide, tip blunt to pointed, base wedge-shaped to rounded, margins entire, glossy above, venation obscure, stalk 1-3 mm long. Flowers are borne in spike-like inflorescence at branch ends, flowers tiny, crowded, axis 1-3 cm long, about 1 mm wide and enlarging to 2 mm wide during fruit formation. Ovary is partly immersed in floral axis. Drupes are partly immersed in axis. Four-Leaf Peperomia is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Bhutan and SE Asia, at altitudes of 1000-2500 m.

Identification credit: N. Arun Kumar Photographed in Shillong, Meghalaya & Chakrtata, Uttarakhand.

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