Bergia decumbens Planch. ex Harv.

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Bergia decumbens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Urema Floodplain, Gorongosa National Park

Bergia decumbens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Urema Floodplain, Gorongosa National Park

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Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb with spreading stems growing from a woody rootstock. Leaves opposite, susessile, linear-lanceolate, 1-4 cm long,hairless or with hyaline hairs on both surfaces; margin sharply toothed; stipules 3-5 mm long, sharply tipped. Flowers in few-many-flowered verticillate clusters at the leaf nodes towards the ends of branches, white with the ovary pinkish or purple. Sepals 5, 3-4 mm long; petals oblanceolate, as long as the sepals. Stamens 10; styles 5. Capsule splitting into 5 valves.
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Derivation of specific name: decumbens: (of stems) lying on the ground and tending to rise at the end
Habitat: In sandy or alluvial soils near rivers and floodplains.
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Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana Caprivi-Namibia and Limpopo, Mpumalanga South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Wednesday 29 June 2016
Literature:

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 53.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 39.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 55.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 206.

Wild, H. (1961). Elatinaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Page 377. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Bergia decumbens.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140510, retrieved 30 August 2016

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