Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Peperomia eekana
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Piperaceae -- The Pepper Family Bibliography
      Peperomia eekana
General Information
DistributionIn the Hawaiian Islands, endemic to Moloka`i, Maui.

Piperaceae - Peperomia eekana

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Stems usually several, reddish purple, sometimes green with a reddish tinge, ascending to erect from a long repent base, 5-20(-25) cm long, 1.5-3 mm in diameter toward base, usually dichotomously or trichotomously many-branched, internodes 0.3-2.5(-3) cm long, sometimes the lowermost up to 6 cm long, moderately to densely hirsute or sometimes hirtellous, the hairs spreading or sometimes somewhat appressed, 0.6-0.8(-1) mm long.
Leaves (2)3-6 per node, upper surface dark green, lower surface pale green with reddish purple intercostal areas, thinly fleshy, drying somewhat coriaceous or chartaceous, elliptic, broadly elliptic to obovate or broadly obovate, sometimes some of them suborbicular or ovate, 0.5-2(-2.5) cm long, 0.2-1.1(-1.3) cm wide, palmately 3-nerved or pinnately 5-nerved, sometimes only midrib visible when dry, upper surface usually with principal veins somewhat impressed, sparsely to moderately appressed hirtellous, sometimes only toward margins or base, lower surface moderately or sometimes sparsely appressed hirtellous, margins ± somewhat revolute, at least when dry, apex acute, obtuse, or rounded, base cuneate, sometimes broadly so, petioles 0.2-1 cm long, hirtellous.
Spikes usually several, terminal or axillary, 0.5-2(-2.5) cm long, the rachis ca. 0.6-1.1 mm in diameter, glabrous, flowers moderately congested, peduncles 0.5-1(-1.2) cm long, sparsely to moderately appressed or spreading hirtellous, occasionally only with a few scattered hairs; ovary ovoid-turbinate to obovoid-turbinate; stigmas terminal or slightly subterminal.
Fruit ovoid to obovoid, ca. 1 mm long.
2n = ca. 36*, 44*