5230.000 Bergia L.

Wild, H. (1961) Elatinaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2)

Description of the genus

Prostrate or erect, annual or perennial herbs or undershrubs, often pubescent, sometimes glandular-pubescent. Leaves opposite, usually sessile or subsessile, obovate, lanceolate, elliptic or linear, entire or serrate; stipules usually denticulate or puberulous at the margin. Flowers axillary, sessile or pedicelled, solitary or fascicled or in small cymes, sometimes crowded and verticillate. Sepals 4–5 (6), free, lanceolate, elliptic or oblong, usually keeled and with hyaline margins, imbricate. Petals 4–5 (6), free, as long as or slightly shorter than the sepals, oblong, or linear-oblong. Ovary 5 (rarely 4)-locular; carpels almost free. Fruit a septicidal capsule with the valves separating from the central column from above and so releasing the numerous seeds. Seeds subcylindric with rounded ends or 3-angled, often shiny, brown or almost black; embryo straight or curved.

Worldwide: 29 species, cosmopolitan.

Zimbabwe: 6 taxa.

Bergia pentheriana

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
ammannioides Hayne ex RothN,W,E,S
aquatica Roxb.N,W,S
decumbens Planch. ex Harv.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
glutinosa Dinter & Schulze-MenzN,S
pentheriana Keissl.WDescription, Image
polyantha Sond.W,C,S

Other sources of information about Bergia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Bergia
Flora of Caprivi: Bergia
Flora of Mozambique: Bergia
Flora of Zambia: Bergia

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Bergia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Bergia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Bergia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Bergia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Bergia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Bergia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=965, retrieved 27 March 2017

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