Native to South America, the Peperomia obtusifolia is a perennial flowering epiphyte plant species. In its natural habitat it grows within high humidity forest areas making use of the nutrients provided from tree debris and the natural tropical environment.
The attraction as an ornamental plant is the foliage and its growth habit is bushy in appearance. Glossy pelate leaves with petioles grow close to the main stems that are partly rounded and grow a few centimetres in length. Leaves have a fleshy succulent look and feel about them and the thin stems are non woody. Most will grow up to 25 - 30 cm in height and must be pinched out at the tips to direct, stop and encourage growth.