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This species is accepted, and its native range is Cameroon to Eritrea and Malawi, N. Yemen.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Piperaceae, M.A. Diniz. Flora Zambesiaca 9:2. 1997

Morphology General Habit
A succulent completely glabrous perennial herb.
Morphology Stem
Stems creeping and stoloniferous in the lower part, rooting at the lower nodes, and without leaves, becoming erect to 25 cm tall and leafy in the upper part, with thickened nodes.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate; petiole (2)3–5(10) mm long, thickened; lamina (1.8)2.2–4.7(5.5) x (0.7)1.0–1.5(2) cm, rhomboid-elliptic, elliptic, sometimes ovate, rarely obovate in lower leaves, somewhat acuminate or subacute to obtuse at the apex, sometimes emarginate, broadly cuneate at the base, ± fleshy, chartaceous when dry, glandular-punctate on both surfaces, ciliate near the apex, 3–5-nerved from the base with midrib conspicuous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence spikes usually solitary, terminal or axillary; rhachis 2–4(9) cm long, c. 0.2 cm in diameter, rarely 2-forked; peduncle (0.5)0.7–1.5(2) cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary ovoid, stigma subapical.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts (0.5)0.7 mm in diameter, circular, glandular-punctate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit c. 0.9 mm long, spheric-ovoid, covered with glandular warts, shortly pseudopedicellate, stigma subapical.

[FTEA]

Piperaceae, Bernard Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1996

Morphology General Habit
Trailing or ascending fleshy mainly epiphytic but occasionally leaf-litter dwelling herb, 12–40 cm. long, with often ± thick stems, stoloniferous, glabrous save occasionally for the leaf-tips and margins.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate or occasionally a very few opposite, elliptic, lanceolate-elliptic, obovate or oblanceolate, often somewhat rhombic, 1.3–9.5 cm. long, 0.5–4 cm. wide, mostly obtuse, rounded or rarely emarginate at the apex but often slightly acuminate or subacute in Ethiopia, cuneate to rounded at the base, sometimes minutely ciliolate at margins, often glossy, 3-nerved from the base but lateral nerves often obscure or even invisible in dry material; petioles usually short, 0.2–0.8(–1.3) cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Spikes green or yellow-green, mostly 1 per shoot, terminal or leaf-opposed but sometimes 3, one terminal and two lateral in axils of upper pair of leaves; rhachis 2–13 cm. long, 1.5–3.5(–?4.5) mm. wide, slightly thicker than the 0.5–2 cm. long peduncle.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit mostly strongly asymmetrically obovoid, 1–1.2 mm. long, papillate; style cup narrow, raised, flat-topped.
Habitat
Intermediate and montane forest sometimes in rocky places, e.g. on boulders in river beds; 1900–2900(–3150 on Kilimanjaro fide Greenway) m.
Distribution
K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 T2 T4 T5 T6 T7 U1 U2

[FWTA]

Piperaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:1. 1954

Morphology General Habit
Epiphytic herb.

[FZ]

Piperaceae, M.A. Diniz. Flora Zambesiaca 9:2. 1997

Morphology General Habit
A succulent perennial herb 15–50 cm tall, little-branched, glabrous.
Morphology Stem
Stems decumbent, with internodes c. 20 mm long and 3–4 mm in diameter, rooting at the nodes, rather leafy at the erect distal end.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, sometimes the uppermost opposite; petiole (2)5–8(10) mm long, thick; lamina (22)30–50(65) x (15)19–28(37) mm, spathulate to obovate-oblong, varying markedly on the same branch, rounded to narrowed and obtuse or sometimes emarginate at the apex, broadly cuneate at the base, succulent when fresh, bright green on upper surface, pale green beneath, drying coriaceous to membranaceous and ± dark coloured, pellucid glandular-punctate, 3–5-nerved, with the midrib very prominent below, glabrous, ± ciliate on the margins towards the apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences spicate; spikes solitary, terminal or axillary, greenish; rhachis (3)4–6.5(8.5) cm long, 0.2–0.3 cm in diameter; peduncle (0.5)1.5–2.5(3.0) cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary subglobose, stigma subapical.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts 0.5–0.7 mm in diameter, subcircular, peltate, glandular-punctate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit c. 1 mm in diameter when mature, spheric-ellipsoid, brownish, covered with whitish glands; stigma subapical.

Native to:

Cameroon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zaïre

Peperomia abyssinica Miq. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 2008 Luke et al. [10825], Kenya K000449615
Schimper, W.G. [1319], Ethiopia K000350427
Deighton, F.C. [5354], Sierra Leone Peperomia stuhlmannii 22727.000
Thorold, C.A. [17], Cameroon Peperomia stuhlmannii 23291.000
Thorold, C.A. [13], Cameroon Peperomia stuhlmannii 23292.000
Thorold, C.A. [14], Cameroon Peperomia stuhlmannii 23700.000
Peperomia goetzeana 17460.000

First published in London J. Bot. 4: 419 (1845)

Accepted by

  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (2000). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(1): 1-532. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Fischer, E., Rembold, K., Althof, A. & Obholzer, J. (2010). Annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Kakamega forest, Western province, Kenya Journal of East African Natural History 99: 129-226.
  • Miller, A.G. & Cope, T.A. (1996). Flora of the Arabian peninsula and Socotra 1: 1-586. Edinburgh university press.
  • Pope, G.V. (ed.) (1997). Flora Zambesiaca 9(2): 1-64. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.
  • Sosef, M.S.M. & al. (eds.) (2017). Flore du Gabon 50: 1-77. Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris.
  • Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Alves, T., Francisco, J., Harris, T., Nangoma, D. & de Sousa, C. (2009). Biodiversity and Conservation of Mchese Mountain, Malawi. Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036: 1-71. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Verdcourt, B. (1996). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Piperaceae: 1-24.
  • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Fischer, E., Rembold, K., Althof, A. & Obholzer, J. (2010). Annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Kakamega forest, Western province, Kenya Journal of East African Natural History 99: 129-226.
  • Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Alves, T., Francisco, J., Harris, T., Nangoma, D. & de Sousa, C. (2009). Biodiversity and Conservation of Mchese Mountain, Malawi. Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036: 1-71. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Verdcourt, B. (1996). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Piperaceae: 1-24.
  • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • A. Rich., Tent. Fl. Abyss. 2: 274 (1850).
  • Agnew, A.D.Q. & Agnew, S., Upland Kenya Wild Flowers, ed. 2: 48, t. 3 (1994).
  • Baker & C.H. Wright in Flora of Tropical Africa 6(1): 153 (1909).
  • Balle in Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de l'État a Bruxelles 16: 396 (1942)
  • Balle in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 1: 26 (1948).
  • C. DC. in DC., Prodr. 16(1): 405 (1869).
  • Düll in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 93: 95, fig. 8 (1973).
  • Engl., Hochgebirgsfl. Trop. Afr.: 188 (1892).
  • Miq. in Hook., Lond. Journ. Bot. 4: 419 (1845).
  • Robyns, Flore des Spermatophytes du Parc National Albert 1: 34 (1948).

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