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Peperomia macrorhiza

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Photo by
Zelene Listy.

Habitat photo by Robert Maijer.

Author: Karl Sigismund Kunth, 1815
Origin:  Northern Peru
Soil:  Rich - Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  4,5 Centimetres
Height:  5 Centimetres
Flower:  Greenish White
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Piper macrorhizum, Poir.
(Peperomia macrorhiza var. lilliputiana = Peperomia lilliputiana  Pino, 2011)

This member of the Peperomiaceae family was given this name by Karl Sigismund Kunth in 1815. It is found in northern Peru, growing in the rich soil in rock cracks, but will require a rather drained soil in culture.  Quite some water and little to some sun. The caudex can grow to four and a half centimetre or more while the leaves up to five centimetre. The flowers are greenish white.

The genera name means 'pepper-like', not as to appearance but as to kinship. The species name means 'big root'.

')Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016 is Peperomiaceae now part of the Piperaceae.