ⓘ Peperomia wheeleri

                                     

ⓘ Peperomia wheeleri

Peperomia wheeleri is a rare species of flowering plant in the pepper family known by the common name Wheelers peperomia. It is endemic to Puerto Rico, where it is known only from the island of Culebra. It has been become rare because of deforestation and grazing by livestock. It is a federally listed endangered species of the United States.

This plant grows on the rocky island of Culebra, anchoring in the humus that accumulates on the surface of the weathering of granodiorite boulders covering the surface. The forest habitat of the hosts of other plants, including: Clusea pink, Bursera simaruba, ficus citrifolia, Tillandsia excl. planed, Anthurium acaule, Whittmackia lingulata, and Epidendrum cochleatum. It can be found on the high-altitude slopes of the island, located in the National reserve of Culebra.

The plant is a evergreen plant that grows up to feet tall with oppositely arranged leaves, with fleshy lobes, up to 7 cm in length and 5 in width. Inflorescences up to 16 cm in length, but a width of only few millimeters and is minute, almost invisible flowers.

This plant is under threat of damage and destruction in the humus layer in which it grows. The scratching of poultry can break it, and the removal of the forest canopy excludes the source of the debris, which forms humus.