Peperomia tetraphylla (G.Forst.) Hook. & Arn.

 
  • Family : PIPERACEAE
    (PEPPER FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Piperaceae
  • Basionym : Piper tetraphyllum G.Forst.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Peperomia tetraphylla (G.Forst.) Hook. & Arn.
  • Vernacular name : Chettu pappu (Telugu)
  • Habit : Herb
  • Habitat : Evergreen, moist deciduous forests. Often on moss-clade tree trunks
  • Comments / notes : Occasional on hills above 1200m, in shade.
  • Key identification features : Epiphytic, often on rotting wood. Leaves pale green when dry.
  • Flower, Fruit : August-March
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : Vishakapatnam district. Srikakulam district
    • Kerala : Kannur district, Wayanad district, Malappuram district, Palakkad district, Idukki district, Thiruvananthapuram district
    • Odisha : Ganjam district, Mayurbhanj district, Kalhandi district
    • Tamil Nadu : Alagar Hills (Madurai district), Kolli Hills (Namakkal district), Shevaroy Hills, Kalrayan Hills, Bodamalai Hills (Salem district), Pachamalai Hills (Tiruchirapalli district), Yelagiri Hills, Chitteri Hills (Vellore district), Sirumalai Hills (Dindigul district), Dharmapuri Hills, Theerthamalai Hills (Dharmapuri district), Piranmalai Hills (Sivaganga district), Gingee Hill (Villipuram district), Javadu Hills (Tiruvannamalai district), Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary (Theni district)
  • World Distribution : Paleotropics
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1995- Flora of Orissa Vol. 3; R. S. Rao and S. H. Sreeramulu, 1986 - Flora of Srikakulam District; H. O. Saxena and M. Brahmam, 1989 - The Flora of Similipahar (Similipal), Orissa; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (2). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI; Ravichandran V personal observation 2014, July.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Peperomia tetraphylla. Downloaded on 14 November 2019.

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