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This species is accepted, and its native range is Thailand.


Suwanphakdee C et al. 2017. New species and a reinstatement in Peperomia (Piperaceae) from Thailand. Kew Bulletin 72:1. DOI 10.1007/S12225-016-9662-5

The plant is uncommon, found in a restricted area in Nan province, northern Thailand. The specimens were collected by a few botanists from the same locality. We give it a provi­sional rating of Vulnerable (VU) and, D1 according to IUCN (2011) criteria.
Endemic to northern Thailand (Nan province).
On granite bedrock along streams or on tree trunks near waterfalls in hilly evergreen forests.
Morphology General Habit
Perennial herbs 10 - 15 cm high, erect, epiphytic or epilithic; stems forming a clump, 1 - 3mainstems with more than 5-branchlets; stolons present, with rooting at basal nodes; internodes 4 - 6cmlong, fleshy, puberulous or scabrous
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 3 - 4-verticil- late, rarely opposite; lamina dark green, fleshy when fresh and subcoriaceous when dry, elliptic or elliptic-oblong, lower surface scabrous or puberulous, upper surface glabrous, indument dens­est on young leaves, 1.5 - 3 x 0.5 - 1.5 cm, symmetrical or asymmetrical, base cuneate, apex subacute, rounded or obtuse, margin with perimarginal vein, undulate and ciliate at the apex; leaf (2 -) 3-palminerved, scabrous or puberulous; petioles 3 - 5 mm long, scabrous or puberulous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flower with orbicular floral bract, c. 0.5 mm diam., covering basal part of ovary. Stamens: filaments very short; anthers 0.2 - 0.3 mm long, exserted at anthesis, transversely dehiscent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary ellipsoid; stigma with hairs
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit without pseudopedicel, sparse and immersed within rachial pit, ellipsoid, c. 0.5 mm diam., bright brown, with sticky papillae
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a single spike per shoot, terminal, 5 - 8x 0.1 - 0.2 cm, erect, cylindrical, pale green; rachis glabrous, with sparse flowers; peduncle 1 - 2cm long, glabrous, puberulous or scabrous
The specific epithet refers to the stems that have many clumps, and many main stems and branchlets.T Peperomia multisurcula has more than five branchlets/stem, the leaf arrangement is 3 - 4- verticillate (rarely opposite) and each shoot has a single terminal inflorescence. Generally, this species is glabrous, rarely puberulous or slightly scabrous. A comparison of characters between P. multisurcula and P. portulacoides is given in Table3. Peperomia multisurcula is most similar to P. portulacoides but can be distinguished by the stem 10 - 15 cm high vs 15 - 20 cm; epiphytic or epilithic vs terrestrial; more than 5-branchlets on main stems vs 2 - 4 branchlets; 3 - 4-verticillate, rarely opposite vs opposite and 3 - 4-verticillate on terminal branch; leaves 1.5 - 3 x 0.5 - 1.5 cm vs 1.5 - 3x1 - 2 cm; margin without hyaline cell vs with hyaline cell; lower surface of leaf scabrous or puberulous vs. glabrous or puberulous; inflorescence 5 - 8cm long vs 2.5 - 5cm.
Flowering and fruiting occur between October and December.
Bia Sa Pan (Nan).

Native to:


Peperomia multisurcula Suwanph. & Hodk. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Kew Bull. 72(1)-1: 5 (2016)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. Scientific Data 8: 215.


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