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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropical Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FWTA]

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

Morphology General Habit
A delicate herb, more or less erect; epiphytic.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Herb 15–37 cm. long or tall, often stoloniferous, mostly on the forest floor but sometimes epiphytic or on rocks; stems glabrous except in subsp. ukagurensis; stolons often slender and leafless.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves dark green, alternate or sometimes ± opposite at base of inflorescence, elliptic to usually ovate but sometimes more elongate or almost round, 1.5–10 cm. long, 1–4.8 cm. wide, subacute to bluntly or sharply acuminate at the apex, rarely rounded, often variable on one plant, ± rounded to cuneate or attenuate at the base, only slightly fleshy, mostly glabrous or with few small hairs near tip or quite densely hairy beneath in subsp. ukagurensis, 3–5(–7)-nerved; petiole 0.4–2 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Spikes green, slender, usually solitary and terminal but can be in threes at apex of shoot, 1 terminal and 2 axillary from apical pair of ± opposite leaves, (1.5–)4.5–14.5 cm. long; peduncle 2–6 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers green, often not very dense and more scattered at the base of the rhachis; bracts circular, ± 0.5 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits globose, 0.8–1 mm. diameter, papillate, slightly larger and more ellipsoid in subsp. ukagurensis; style-cap dome-shaped, ± apical.

[FZ]

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

Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit c. 0.1 cm spheric-ellipsoid, erect, brown, covered with viscous glands, stigma subapical.
Morphology General Habit
A somewhat succulent glabrous perennial herb up to 30(50) cm tall.
Morphology Stem
Stems stoloniferous in the lower part and rooting at the lower nodes; branches slender, narrowly winged, ascending.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, sometimes the uppermost opposite; petiole (4)6–15(20) mm long; lamina (2)2.5–6(9) x (1)1.5–3.5(4.5) cm, broadly ovate to broadly lanceolate, acute to ± acuminate or sometimes obtuse at the apex, never emarginate, broadly cuneate to rounded at the base, dark green and papery when dry, sometimes obscurely bright pellucid-punctate, glabrous on both surfaces, ciliate towards the apex, 3–5(7)-nerved from the base; midrib prominent below, lateral venation scarcely visible or absent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence spikes solitary, terminal or rarely the uppermost axillary, greenish; rhachis (2.5)3.2–7.0(10) cm long, slender and pitted; peduncle (1.1)2–3(6) cm long, slender.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary ovoid, sessile; stigma subapical.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts 0.3–0.5 mm in diameter, circular, glandular-punctate.

Native to:

Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Is., Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Peperomia molleri C.DC. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 2003 Cable, S. [3467], Cameroon K000180275
Jan 1, 2003 Zapfack, L. [937], Cameroon K000180276
Jan 1, 2003 Letouzey, R. [14118], Cameroon K000180172
Jan 1, 2003 Etuge, M. [4327], Cameroon K000180274
Jan 1, 2003 Onana, J.-M. [580], Cameroon K000008402
Jan 1, 2003 Cable, S. [3267], Cameroon K000180277
Jun 1, 2000 Zapfack, L. [1181 A], Cameroon K000339655
Jan 1, 1972 illegible [s.n.], Tanzania K000350430 holotype
Jan 1, 1972 Stolz, A. [1918], Tanzania K000350431 isotype
Jan 1, 1971 Cheek, M. [3029], Cameroon K000180118
Sep 1, 1863 Thomi, J. [507], Sao Tome and Principe K000350423 Unknown type material
Zenker, G.A. [3097], Cameroon K000350422
Holst, C. [8832], Tanzania K000350429 Unknown type material
[Andongo], O. [505] K000350435 Unknown type material
Preuss, P.R. [1060], Cameroon K000180119

First published in Bol. Soc. Brot. 10: 154 (1892)

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.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • 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.
  • Hutchinson, J., Dalziel, J.M. & Keay, R.W.J. (1954-1958). Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 1: 1-828.
  • Lejoy, J., Ndjele, M.-B. & Geerinck, D. (2010). Catalogue-flore des plantes vasculaires des districts de Kisangani et de la Tshopo (RD Congo) Taxonomania 30: 1-307.
  • Lisowski, S. (2009). Flore (Angiospermes) de la République de Guinée Scripta Botanica Belgica 41: 1-517.
  • Pope, G.V. (ed.) (1997). Flora Zambesiaca 9(2): 1-64. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Verdcourt, B. (1996). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Piperaceae: 1-24.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • Exell Cat. S. Tomé 277
  • F.T.A. 6, 1: 150.
  • in Henriq. Bol. Soc. Brot. 10: 154 (1893)

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • 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.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • 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.
  • Hutchinson, J., Dalziel, J.M. & Keay, R.W.J. (1954-1958). Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 1: 1-828.
  • Lejoy, J., Ndjele, M.-B. & Geerinck, D. (2010). Catalogue-flore des plantes vasculaires des districts de Kisangani et de la Tshopo (RD Congo) Taxonomania 30: 1-307.
  • Lisowski, S. (2009). Flore (Angiospermes) de la République de Guinée Scripta Botanica Belgica 41: 1-517.
  • Pope, G.V. (ed.) (1997). Flora Zambesiaca 9(2): 1-64. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Baker & C.H. Wright in Flora of Tropical Africa 6(1): 150 (1909).
  • C. DC. in Bol. Soc. Brot., sér. 1, 10: 154 (1892).
  • Düll in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 93: 106, fig. 15 (1973).
  • Exell, Cat. Vasc. Pl. S. Tomé: 277 (1944).
  • Keay in Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 1: 82 (1954).

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