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Useful Tropical Plants

Peperomia blanda

(Jacq.) Kunth

Piperaceae


A very wide view has been taken of this taxon, which is treated as a pantropical species. The extremes are certainly very distinct: robust, green plants with large whorls of blunt tipped leaves (Peperomia japonica), contrasting with more slender plants, often with reddish stems and abaxial leaf surfaces, and with pairs of acutely tipped leaves (P. Dindygulensis), but these are connected through intermediates, and it does not seem practicable to separate taxa[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

+ Synonyms

Peperomia arabica Decne.

Peperomia bequaertii De Wild.

Peperomia ciliata Kunth

Peperomia decipiens C.DC.

Peperomia dindygulensis Miq.

Peperomia dissimilis Kunth

Peperomia ellipticifolia C.DC.

Peperomia esquirolii H. Lév.

Peperomia fauriei C.DC.

Peperomia formosana C.DC.

Peperomia glanduligera Yunck.

Peperomia hirsuta Miq.

Peperomia increscens Miq.

Peperomia japonica Makino

Peperomia laticaulis C.DC.

Peperomia macaroana Trel. ex V.M.Badillo

Peperomia murispica Trel. ex Badillo

Peperomia quitensis Miq.

Peperomia rojasii C.DC.

Peperomia salvaje C.DC.

Peperomia sui T.T.Lin & S.Y.Lu

Piper blandum Jacq.

Piper ciliatum (Kunth) Poir.

Piper dissimile (Kunth) Poir.

Troxirum blandum Raf.

Common Name:

Peperomia blanda
Flowering plant
Photograph by: David Eickhoff
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Peperomia blanda Peperomia blanda

General Information

Peperomia blanda is a herbaceous perennial plant usually growing from 20 - 45cm tall[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
]. It is often found as an epiphyte, growing on trees or rocks[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
,
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/

Range

Pantropical.

Habitat

Forests; shady, wet rock crevices; at elevations from 100 - 1,900 metres in southern China[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
]. On trees or rocks in moist or wet, mountain forest, at elevations from 900 - 2,400 metres in Guatemala[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.40 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Prefers a well-drained but moisture-retentive soil that is rich in organic matter and a position in light to reasonably heavy shade[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The juice of the leaves is used to treat skin diseases, burns and eye infections[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - fresh seed has a high germination rate of around 80%[
399
Title
Hawaiian Native Plant Propagation Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://pdcs.ctahr.hawaii.edu:591/hawnprop/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Detailed information on the propagation of a wide range of Hawaiian plants.
]. They are no longer viable after being stored for 3 months. Complete loss of viability occurs even when seeds are stored at a temperature of 3°c and a humidity of 10%[
399
Title
Hawaiian Native Plant Propagation Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://pdcs.ctahr.hawaii.edu:591/hawnprop/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Detailed information on the propagation of a wide range of Hawaiian plants.
].
Division
Leaf cuttings
Stem cuttings. The cuttings should be 8 - 10cm long. The lower leaves and flower spikes should be removed. Trim the upper leaves in half. Plant the cuttings 12mm deep in a mix of either 1 part perlite to 1 part peat moss, or a mix of 3 parts cinder to 1 part vermiculite or potting soil[
399
Title
Hawaiian Native Plant Propagation Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://pdcs.ctahr.hawaii.edu:591/hawnprop/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Detailed information on the propagation of a wide range of Hawaiian plants.
]. Place them in a cool, shady location and keep them moist; it may be necessary to water as often as twice a day[
399
Title
Hawaiian Native Plant Propagation Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://pdcs.ctahr.hawaii.edu:591/hawnprop/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Detailed information on the propagation of a wide range of Hawaiian plants.
].
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