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1. Peperomia humilis (Vahl) A. Dietrich, Sp. Pl. 1: 168. 1831.

Piper humile Vahl, Enum. Pl. 1: 349. 1804; Micropiper humile (Vahl) Small; M. leptostachyon (Nuttall) Small; Peperomia cumulicola Small

Herbs , perennial, rhizomatous, erect or decumbent, simple or branched, 10-50 cm, strigose, without black, glandular dots. Leaves usually opposite or whorled, sometimes proximal leaves alternate; petiole ca. 1/4 length of blade, with ascending, incurved hairs. Leaf blade prominently to obscurely 3-veined from base, usually elliptic to obovate, sometimes proximal blades depressed-obovate, 1.2-6.5 × 0.4-3.5 cm, base cuneate to widely cuneate, apex acute or short-acuminate; surfaces abaxially and adaxially densely to sparsely strigose. Spikes axillary and terminal, 1-4, loosely flowered, 3-14 cm, mature fruiting spikes 1.5-2.5 mm diam. Fruits sessile, broadly ellipsoid to globose, 0.5-0.7 × 0.4-0.7 mm, warty, viscid; beak minute, knoblike, blunt, ca. 0.1 mm.

Flowering all year. Hummocks, often on limestone; 0-20 m; introduced, Fla.; native, West Indies (Jamaica).


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