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Peperomia urvilleana

Pepper family: Piperaceae

Peperomia urvilleana is a succulent branching herb with short erect stems and rooting prostrate stems. Erect stems bear dark green leaves and tiny flowers closely spaced on short spikes.  It is easily distinguished from P.blanda by its hairless stems and leaves.
A coastal plant that thrives in sheltered areas throughout the North Island south to the northern portion of the South Island. Also found on the Kermadec Islands, Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: perennial herb up to 30 cm

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 2-3 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, elliptic to oblong

Sepals: 0

Leaf size: 10-40 mm

Petals:  0

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 2

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: smooth

Fruit: fleshy