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Peperomia urvilleana (Peperomia)

Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Magnoliids
Order: Piperales
Family: Piperaceae
Subfamily: Piperoideae
Genus: Peperomia
Species: P. urvilleana
Binominal name: Peperomia urvilleana
Common name: Peperomia

Peperomia urvilleana is an native, indigenous, coastal to lowland plant found growing in warmer places throughout the North Island and in the northern portion of the South Island. It is also found on Raoul Island in the Kermadec Islands group, Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands. Its habitats are rocky places and light forests, often as a low epiphyte.

Peperomia urvilleana is a succulent, low growing, branching herb growing up to up to 30cm high. It has short erect, hairless stems and rooting prostrate stems. 
The alternate, dark green, fleshy, hairless leaves (10- 40 mm) are membranous when dry. They are undivided, elliptic to oblong and are arranged singly along the stem. The leaves margin and surface is smooth.
Tiny closely spaced flowers (2-3 mm diam.) occur all year round on slender, solitary 2‐5cm long cordlike spikes. They are bisexual.
Peperomia urvilleana is occasionally sold by specialist native plant nurseries.


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