Plant ID forum: Help me save my teacher's poor plant

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Jan 24, 2017 5:47 AM CST
I'm currently in northern China and my teacher asked me to help her save her plant. It looks very wilted, but even after a good soaking it has not perked up in the slightest. I'm hoping that with an id I can better understand what she's doing wrong.
It currently lives in a windowsill in her office that I believe is west-facing without any other buildings to obstruct the sunlight. The current soil is fairly sandy with good drainage; there is a drainage hole at the bottom and the roots appear healthy.
The stem reminds me a lot of elephant bush in color and texture, but it clearly isn't a vine. The leaves are slightly rubbery but not nearly thick enough (or large enough) to be a rubber tree.
Sorry about the less than stellar photos--I didn't have much time to snap them.
Thanks for the suggestions!
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Name: Tofi
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Jan 24, 2017 6:37 AM CST
Peperomia clusiifolia I believes, and it seems that had been bitten by a cold.
try to give it the warm condition, do not over water now, as it will prone to rot, those leaves most likely won't survive, but hopefully the stem still alive and will grow new leaves. put it in a warm area with Crossing Fingers! bright indirect sun, avoid cold air area (too close to window). water sparingly, and pray for the best. Crossing Fingers!
Name: greene
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Jan 24, 2017 11:26 AM CST
Yes, do not over water. Allow the soil to dry between watering or the roots will rot.
The soil in the photos looks too compact. Is there any chance you can re-pot into new potting soil, soil that is more 'airy', something with more organic material mixed in? I think the roots might appreciate new soil.
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Name: tarev
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Jan 24, 2017 1:55 PM CST
I think the media needs to be changed, sand compacts too much, just suffocates the roots thus not helping the roots drink up and it show on the leaves, they are not getting the moisture it needs.. Maybe if you can find potting soil and add pumice in it, it will help the plant better.

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