Peperomia Ruiz & Pav.

Greek peperi—pepper, homoios—resembling.

Mostly small, tough or fleshy herbs, often epiphytic in the wild. Leaves mostly alternate, fleshy, without stipules. Flowers in a fleshy sometimes branched, bracted spike, minute, each with a bract, bisexual with 2 stamens and a single stigma. Perianth absent. Carpel 1.

A genus sometimes placed in the family Peperomiaceae. Generally grown as indoor foliage plants. P. leptostachya Hook. & Arn. from NSW, Qld and the Pacific region is occasionally grown; it has opposite leaves that are 5-veined from the base.

Stem or leaf cuttings.

Leaves fleshy; flowers in tail-like spikes; perianth absent.

About 1000 species tropics especially C and northern S America (Australia has 5 species).

McKendrick (1987), Argent (1989).

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Piperaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Magnolianae
order      Piperales
family       Piperaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Peperomia argyreia Morren
species         Peperomia caperata Yunck.
species         Peperomia clusiifolia (Jacq.) Hook.
species         Peperomia griseoargentea Yunck.
species         Peperomia obtusifolia (L.) A.Dietr.
species         Peperomia scandens Ruiz & Pav.