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Peperomia magnoliifolia (Jacq.) A. Dietr.
Spoonleaf peperomia

Peperomia magnoliifolia

Family: Piperaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: South Florida, the West Indies, southern Mexico, Central America and northern South America.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

United States Federal Status:

State of Florida Status: Endangered

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Presumed Extirpated or Extinct in the Wild

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

South Florida History and Distribution: Ranked as presumed extirpated in Rare Plants of South Florida (Gann et al. 2002; pp 91-92) based on three collections between 1877 and 1922; one presumably from Brickell Hammock just south of the Miami River, and two from Hattie Bauer Hammock in southern Miami-Dade County. No new records are known. This is widely cultivated in South Florida from material outside of our area. See iNaturalist for a discussion of the differences between this and the very similar Peperomia obtusifolia.

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

Comments: For an image, click on the USDA PLANTS link below. For a color illustration by Nicolaus (Nicolaas) Joseph von Jacquin (as Piper magnoliifolium), visit

Synonyms: Peperomia amplexicaulis (Swartz) A. Dietrich var. magnoliifolia (Jacquin) Grisebach, Peperomia spathulifolia Small, Rhynchophorum spathulifolium (Small) Small.

Other data on Peperomia magnoliifolia available from :

Peperomia magnoliifolia has been found in the following 2 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Deering Estate at Cutler Recorded as Present in Error
Hattie Bauer Hammock Presumed Extirpated Presumed Extirpated

Peperomia magnoliifolia has been found in the following county :
Occurrence Native Status
Miami-Dade County Presumed Extirpated Presumed Extirpated

Peperomia magnoliifolia has been found in the following habitat :
Rockland Hammock

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Peperomia magnoliifolia