Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Peperomia hunteriana P.I.Forst.

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
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Habit, flowering plant. © Australian Tropical Herbarium
Habit, flowering plant. © Australian Tropical Herbarium
Herbarium specimen. © CSIRO

Forster, P.I. (1999) Austrobaileya 5(3): 573. Type: Queensland. COOK District: Wooroonooran National Park, Mt Bartle Frere, 25 October 1997, P.I. Forster, R. Jensen & R. Booth PIF21777 (holo: BRI; iso: MEL, QRS).


Erect succulent herb with stems up to 10 cm tall, stems densely clothed in reddish hairs.


Leaves in whorls of 3-4; lamina 8-26 x 5-14 mm, secondary venation obscure; covered in dense hairs; petioles about 1-3 mm long.


Spike terminal, solitary or with up to 5 branches, to 5 cm long; sterile axis hairy; fertile axes 0.5-4.5 cm long. Flowers slightly sunken into axis, flowers spaced 1-1.5 mm apart; bracts rounded, 0.4-0.5 mm long and wide, larger than ovary. Anthers ca. 0.4 mm long. Ovary rounded, 0.2-0.3 mm long and wide.


Fruit have not been collected. Features coded in the key have been assigned based on features of closely related species.


Features not available.

Distribution and Ecology

An endemic species only known from near the Daintree to south of Cairns in NEQ. Altitudinal range from 160-1520 m. Grows on moss-covered rocks in shade of rainforest and microphyll vineforest.

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