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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegowi
Jan 1, 2018 10:16 AM CST
|I got this plant as a present, but couldn't find it's name anywhere. It has small, dark green almond-shaped leaves. It's stems look like rubber or plastic, and it has very small roots (almost none). It seems to thrive in bright locations and doesn't require too much water.
Any clue would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Name: Will Creed
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Jan 1, 2018 10:25 AM CST
|It is a type of Peperomia, perhaps pulchella. There are many varieties available now. You are correct about it's needing bright light and not too much water. It also prefers to stay tightly potted and responds well to regular pruning.
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Jan 1, 2018 1:00 PM CST
I agree, your lovely plant appears to be a variety of Peperomia, and although I'm not certain which one, it may be Peperomia verticillata (Synonym pulchella) as WillC suggested. Here's one photo from our database (above blue link) for comparison:
Peperomia with those succulent-like, rubbery leaves, are often referred to as "Baby Rubber Plants" and they are very drought tolerant as Will mentioned so it's important to be careful not to over-water. If your plant has very few roots, the small pot is perfect and should be a sufficient container for your plant for a very long time. We have many Peperomia listed in our database here: https://garden.org/plants/sear... with photos for comparison and growing information.
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Jan 2, 2018 8:09 AM CST
|Agree that it's a Peperomia. P. verticillata makes whorls of several leaves per node. P. scandens has regular, alternating leaves but only a variegated plant has been photographed as example for this entry so far:
Peperomia (Peperomia serpens)
There are about 1,000 species of Peperomia,
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