Plant ID forum: Need Help! Identify this Plant and Why It's Leaves are falling off

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blakealonzo
Dec 29, 2017 6:47 PM CST
Hello! My Mother has a plant that she got from her mother, who is no longer living. The plant keeps loosing multiple leaves a day, and I mean a lot! I need help identifying this plant, and help with the best course of action, to keeping it alive. My mother would be devastated if this plant dies.

Thank you!!
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luvsgrtdanes
Dec 29, 2017 8:56 PM CST
Looks like it may be a peperomia maybe Peperomia obtusifolia. Baby Rubber Plant (Peperomia obtusifolia)
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DaisyI
Dec 29, 2017 9:02 PM CST
Welcome!

That is a very beautiful plant. How long has your mother had it? It looks really healthy to me. Maybe just suffering from 'New Home Shock'? Think about how your grandmother cared for it: Light, water, fertilizer.... And try to match what she did.

I agree - some kind of peperomia.
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plantladylin
Dec 29, 2017 9:29 PM CST
Hi blakealonzo, Welcome!

Although the photo of the entire plant is a bit dark, it does look like it might be a variety of Peperomia. I can't tell the size of the leaves but it reminds me somewhat of my Peperomia (Peperomia japonica)


Baby Rubber Plant (Peperomia obtusifolia) is also a possibility, though it has larger leaves.


Leaf drop is normal with most plants but sudden, major leaf drop, especially of many healthy leaves is concerning. Has by chance the plant been moved from a warm area to an area where it might be getting drafts of cold air? A drastic change in temperature can cause shock and leaf drop.

@purpleinopp Tiffany may be able to offer advice; I think she grows a few Peperomia's.
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greene
Dec 30, 2017 6:33 AM CST
To my old eyes, it looks like it might be the Peperomia japonica. Please do not overwater it. This type of plant does not need too much water.
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purpleinopp
Dec 30, 2017 7:04 AM CST
Also compare to P. orba, though there are not many pics in the database entry here:
Variegated Teardrop Peperomia (Peperomia 'Orba Variegata')

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