Pilea peperomioides Diels, Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh 5(25): 292–293 1912. (syn: Podophyllum cavaleriei H. Lév.);
China (SW-Sichuan, W-Yunnan), Belgium (a) as per Catalogue of Life;

Pilea peperomioides, known as Chinese money plant, pancake plant, lefse plant, or missionary plant, is a species of flowering plants in the family Urticaceae, native to Yunnan Province in southern China. Growing to 30 cm (12 in) tall and wide, it is an erect, succulent, evergreen perennial, with round, dark green, peltate leaves up to 10 cm (4 in) in diameter on a long petiole.[1]

P. peperomioides was first collected by George Forrest in 1906, and again in 1910, in the Cang Mountain range in Yunnan Province.
In 1945 the species was rediscovered by Norwegian missionary Agnar Espegren in Yunnan Province when he was fleeing from Hunan Province. Espegren took cuttings with him back to Norway, by way of India, in 1946 and from there it was spread throughout Scandinavia.
P. peperomioides is an example of a plant which has been spread amongst amateur gardeners via cuttings, without being well-known to botanists. Its true identity was not finally established until the 1980s. The first known published image appeared in the Kew magazine in 1984.[2]
With a minimum temperature of 10 °C (50 °F), in temperate regions P. peperomioides is cultivated as a houseplant. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society‘s Award of Garden Merit.[3]

(from Wikipedia on 7.6.17)



Pilea peperomioides AT MAY 2017/10 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)

Chinese Money Plant, Chinese Missionary Plant
Pilea peperomioides

27 May 2017
While trying to identify this plant, I came across interesting
literature. This plant remained Botanical Enigma for decades in
Sweden, where it was widely grown in homes without knowing its
identity. It took nearly 40-50 years to come to its identity.



Pilea peperomioides Diels : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Location: Godawari, Nepal
Altitude:5000 ft.

Date: 15 January 2014


Need this plant.. : 9 posts by 4 authors.
I want this plant called PILEA PEPEROMIOIDES
Can anyone tell me if it is available anywhere in India

Please check with nurseries selling plants online.

Also check at 


Have checked with several…..,
In case you come across some nursery or private person who is willing to share a cutting, do let me know. 

I guess it is a common plant which could be available in any nursery.

It is available with Amazon. Check this link : https://www.amazon.com/Pilea-peperomioides-Chinese-money-Pancake/dp/B071CX3RNX

Yes, I know. 
Got the seeds from them… planted them.  But they were fake. 
A plant called Pony’s foot germinated….looks like a miniscule pilea peperomioides🙂
They have even refunded the amount. 
I believe it is a scam because this plant has been hyped a lot globally and everybody wants it. 



Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1  Tropicos  IPNI
Clever Bloom  Flora of China [Bhutan, China, N India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Russia (Siberia), Sikkim, Thailand, Vietnam; Pacific Islands (Hawaii)]. FOC illustration  Checklist of Nepal 

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