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Peperomia bellendenkerensis Domin

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
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Habit, leaves and flowers. © CSIRO
Herbarium specimen. © CSIRO

Domin, K. (1926) Bibliotheca Botanica 22(89): 559. Type: Nordost-Queensland in den Regenwälden der mittleren Zone des Bellenden Ker (Domin XII. 1909).


Succulent herb up to 15 cm tall. Stems erect to decumbent, covered in scabrid hairs; internodes up to 20 mm long. Rooting at the nodes.


Leaves alternate, lamina succulent, 10-35 x 8-22 mm, 3-veined from base with 2 side veins, glabrous, cilia on margin of lamina more so at the apex; petioles 0.8-1mm long, glabrous. Young leaves tinged red.


Spikes terminal, 20-40 mm long, solitary; peduncle 4-8 mm long, glabrous; fertile axes 18-32 x 0.8-1 mm, glabrous. Flowers slightly sunken into axis, spaced 1-1.3 mm apart; floral bracts rounded, 0.4-0.5 mm long and wide; ovary rounded, ca. 4 x 4 mm.


Drupes globose, 0.6-0.8 mm diam., papillate, clothed in minute, sticky, stalkless 'glands' when ripe.


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Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ, from the Daintree area to Mount Spec in the Paluma Range. Altitudinal range from 40-830 m. Grows in lowland and upland rain forest, usually on rock outcrops near water.

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